Praising us for acting neurotypical is *not* Asperger’s / autism acceptance 

the silent wave

A little over a year ago, when I first had the sneaking (strong) suspicion that I’m probably on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, I met with my counselor, a kind and empathetic person whom I’d been meeting with semi-regularly for the past few years.

A couple of sessions before that day, I had informed him of the new discovery.

Although he had gotten to know me well in the several years before that day, and although he was a very nice guy and fairly competent professional, it was I who brought up the Asperger’s/autism possibility.  Like every other professional I’d seen, he had “missed it”, altogether overlooking the possibility.  I had overlooked the possibility, too, but then, I’m not a specialist in this area.

Despite our long-ish track record, it became clear to me that he no longer saw me as “Laina”, but rather, “Aspergian/Autistic Laina”.

That in itself is not a…

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