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HOW IT FEELS TO BE AN AUTISTIC SAVANT

A diagnosis I got in the 1970's before the DSM was used for laws and governments. Back when most hospitals still had their own diagnostic codes.
I knew from a very young age that I was different. As young as 4 or 5. Besides the fact that I had to go to the doctor all the time, I was clumsy. All the other kids’ parents talked about me. They usually used the r-word.
In first grade, I started going to developmental disability services. I was in with all the rest of the kids that had intellectual disabilities. Again, those were not the words used at the time. I went to disability services
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