Why Don’t You Just…Be Like Everyone Else.

The Shadow Listener

I live in the land of in-between.  It is a desolate place that is uncomfortably wedged between charity and respect.  An unscheduled stop on the road to independence where many people with disabilities find themselves abandoned.  Few of us arrive by choice.  The land of In-between is where people with invisible disabilities live like stray wolves.  I am talking about people who are diagnosed with a disability that is mostly invisible to others, but still effects our ability to succeed without support.

My brand of autism doesn’t present itself in common everyday interactions in the way you might expect.  My autism sits quietly on my right shoulder, interpreting the world in it’s own unique way.  I call her Phoenix – my emotional and sensory self that feels the world and translates that into nerve impulses and experiences.  Phoenix doesn’t check in with Snamuh (Sna-MOO), the backwards human that is my…

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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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