I am a 17-year-old living in the United States East Coast. I had regressive autism and was diagnosed at a young age.
Things I like
- Birds (especially parrots)
- Animals in general
- Classical music
- History (especially from 1600s onward)
What I think about autism
- Autism has existed for a very long time and possibly even as long as mankind has, it is not a new condition at all and just because it didn't have a name until the 1940's doesn't mean it didn't exist.
- I would be considered high-functioning but I do not use functioning labels.
- I do not use the term Asperger's.
- I prefer identity-first language over person-first language.
- I really hate the word "autist" because I strongly associate it with edgy people who use it as an insult.
- I support neurodiversity.
- People are born autistic, nobody gets/becomes it.
- Autism is a part of you, you don't "have" it and removing it will change you into a completely different person.
- I strongly oppose the anti-vaccine movement and I believe it is extremely offensive and harmful.
- Therapies that focuses on forcing the child to act neurotypical are abusive.
- There is nothing inherently wrong with speculating that a historical figure was autistic and due to how common autism is, I can guarantee you that some of them actually were on the spectrum (I will write a blog post about it later).
Pages I made
- Absolute pitch
- Amethyst Schaber
- Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models
- Autism and Me: Sibling Stories
- Daniel Tammet
- Diagnosing Jefferson: Evidence of a Condition that Guided His Beliefs, Behavior, and Personal Associations
- Donald Triplett
- Jilly Juice
- Leo Kanner
- Lydia Brown
- Norm Ledgin
- Thomas Jefferson
- Thomas Wiggins
- Uta Frith
- Writers on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome Have Influenced Literary Writing