Autistic People Should…
When I first heard about the “Autistic People Should” flashblog, I thought about it for a long time. But I couldn’t think of anything that would be insightful. I’ve seen some wonderful posts today, about how autistic people should “be respected”, “be loud”, “be accepted”, and “be proud”. I’ve seen things saying that I should be an activist, that I should speak out, that I should do all sorts of things. And they are powerful, insightful pieces of writing. I have nothing against them, in fact, I agree completely.
But here’s the thing. I’m autistic. And I believe that autistic people should be. What do I mean by that? I mean, that I should be free to be myself. I should feel safe being the whole person that I am. I should be afforded the opportunity happy being myself. I should be respected and perhaps even loved, for simply being me. And I should be able to be free. But most of all, I, and all other autistic people, should be free to be ourselves. Autistic people should be.
This is my contribution to the Autistic People Should flash blog. It’s relatively short because I’m out of spoons and have been for weeks. I will be back soon though.