Have you ever heard of anyone thinking the word "autism

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Jitro
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25 Aug 2012, 11:40 pm

Have you ever heard of anyone thinking that the word "autism" is just a fancy way of saying that someone is retarded? I have.



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25 Aug 2012, 11:42 pm

I used to think that, even though I was diagnosed no one ever bothered to tell me what it means. It took me almost 10 years before I found out.



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26 Aug 2012, 12:51 am

I am consistently warned not to tell people I am an Aspie because "I do not want them to associate me with 'The others'."



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26 Aug 2012, 2:41 am

KaminariNoKage wrote:
I am consistently warned not to tell people I am an Aspie because "I do not want them to associate me with 'The others'."


thats just wrong on their part



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26 Aug 2012, 6:21 am

A friend of a friend found out my son is showing advanced intelligence for his age and said "well doesn't that mean he doesn't have Autism?". Luckily my friend set him straight, but it's upsetting.



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26 Aug 2012, 6:29 am

Not retarded. I haven't told anyone. But I know of the possibility that people can associate me to someone who is far more visible in the community than I am. Which made it initially hard for me to relate to the spectrum at first. But it's nothing wrong with autistics, you know that. It's just a paradox. It's in many ways not the same thing at all. But you learn, others dont, and I don't mind it so much anymore.