Yes My Autism Does Define Me

Sarah Boon

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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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com

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