This is a post I’ve meant to write for a while, but now seems the right time to share it.
You hear a lot of ‘Your disability doesn’t define you’ and ‘You’re more than just your autism.’
An outsider might see that as a compliment, but it doesn’t reflect my lived experience.
The thing is the intensity of my interests comes from my autism, that is part of what makes Sarah…well, Sarah.
I have also made some incredible friendships with other autistic people, through our shared lived experience, that is also a part of my identity.
Yes, there are many things I am too like a sister, daughter, cat mum, a swimmer, University graduate, educator etc.
But autism is part of who I am; you cannot separate it; otherwise, the real me would not exist.
Autism is not an accessory I possess; it’s one of the many parts that is…
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