|Posted by Admin on November 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM|
I want people to know things about me. When you first meet me, you wouldn't know that I'm an Aspie. In fact, you probably wouldn't even notice that anything about me is different. But that's where my biggest issue is. No, I don't use an iPad to communicate. I CAN drive. I CAN work. I DO live independently. This is what throws people off. Everyone seems to have this crazy idea that people with ASD are incapable of doing these things. It's not that they are incapable. It's that they are not ready. And they may never be ready. I just happened to be ready sooner. So yes, I am VERY verbal, but my communication skills are not easy. I have a hard time interpreting what people say, and figuring out how to respond. I can barely work a part time job for an hour or two before I feel like I've taken the SAT tests. I can only drive on certain roads to a certain distance. I live independently, but I need people to help me daily in my apartment. I may not be your obvious person with ASD, but that's what makes MY life challenging. I don't want to have to prove that I have Aspergers. I have worked so hard to make it in this world. I haven't always been this way, either. I nearly dropped out and wanted to die in 10th grade. But the point is that I'm still here. I know that others are still struggling, but I also know that I have had my share of struggles too. And so please, don't EVER call me "normal". I take that as a complete insult.