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Sara Gibbs @Sara_Rose_G
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As an autistic person I welcome developments designed to ease the anxiety & sensory issues which make my life more difficult. What I don’t welcome is the idea that the way I see & respond to the world is an illness to be cured, especially with dangerous bogus crap. 1/
My analytical brain is not something to be cured. My blunt honesty is not something to be cured. My strong sense of social justice is not something to be cured. My vivid imagination is not something to be cured. My instinctual empathy is not something to be cured. 2/
My ability to feel deeply is not something to be cured. My ability to recognise patterns is not something to be cured. My connection with animals is not something to be cured. My childlike wonder at things that pass others by is not something to be cured. 3/
Stop trying to cure what’s different to you. The only questions you should be asking are:

- can I use this desire to help to make the difficult bits easier for you? And
- by seeing autism as something to be fixed, have I missed all the amazing things you contribute?
Neurotypical people can be pretty baffling to autistic people. We are in a minority so all the onus on us is to understand & work around those differences. The last thing we need is to be treated like we’re diseased. The best thing you can do for us is try to understand us. 5/
The best relationships I have are with people like my husband & some close friends who have made a huge effort to understand how my mind works & what’s behind the behaviours they don’t immediately relate to. It’s enriched all of us & it’s a great relief to be met halfway. 6/
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