storyteller | actor | amateur historian | activist
#autistic #adhd #comrade practicing #antiracism & #decolonizingmyself
Jul 25 • 19 tweets • 4 min read
My whole life I’ve had people twist the things I say, claiming meanings in my words that aren’t there — and they expect me to do the same but I won’t. I can’t. It’s exhausting.
For example, when you say something racist and I say hey did you know that is a problematic thing to say because___, and you say IM NOT RACIST!! …… What you should have said is “I don’t want to be racist.”then suddenly I’m too sensitive. & now instead of having a compassionate
Jul 25 • 25 tweets • 4 min read
A lil google of linguistic ‘oddities’ in autistic folks:
* abrupt transitions
* literal interpretations and miscomprehension of nuance
* use of metaphor meaningful only to the speaker
* auditory perception deficits
* unusually pedantic, formal or idiosyncratic speech
* repetitive speech and oddities in volume, pitch, intonation, prosody, and rhythm
* echolalia (repetition of what has been said to them)
Which, if you’ve ever had a conversation with me will likely chuckle and agree.
Jul 25 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
Getting diagnosed #ADHD in November 2020 and Autistic in April 2021 (at 34years old) was like finally being handed the keys to myself. Those keys (and medication) saved my life. That is not hyperbole.
Silly things made sense! Like my love of tiny utensils, not being able to sit in chairs properly, my obsession with animals, why certain smells are enough to take me out, and finally the answer to my lifelong question, “why is everything so loud?”