Connecting with Other Autistics — Day 14 — 30 Days of Autism Acceptance — 2018 Autism Acceptance Month

I like to put a header image, but I don’t know that I have one that really fits here either…  That’s OK for now…

I have this listed in my notes as “CAU” or Canadian Autistics United.  But that is just a “formal” aspect of of connecting with other autistics.  There are a lot of different places where I am connecting, but none of the others are (currently) formally for autistic people.

I am not really sure if I will be able to write a whole lot on this.

Since my diagnosis, I have been able to connect to autistics with a sense that we do have that in common.  Now this is a silly thing about how “embracing autism” has allowed me to connect with autistic people to a greater extent.  Because, other than the specific spaces I have connected with people which is connected with autism, most of these autistics are not “new” to my life.  It is just that we are connecting on these topics.

Some of these people firmly identify as autistic, others far less so.  I wouldn’t say that those who don’t identify with autism should have the label of autism attached to them…  Though, of course, a lot of these people they have been told by various people, that they think that they are autistic.

To me, I think one person I know in my life, who I think, “It seems like she is autistic” I also know that she has a “attention” diagnosis, which I have been given in the past myself, but her mother to me seems very much “attention” related, while she (I can’t say she’s a friend, as we’ve rarely talked) seems to me far more autistic.

So, this goes somewhat to the previous post about science, but it doesn’t really.  It comes more to do with “how psychology works” or “how diagnosis works”.   Especially with regards to diagnosis.  I know that to me I see how subjective it is.  There are a lot of biases which go into it.

  • Bias of the diagnostic criteria
  • Bias of the diagnostician (person giving the diagnosis)
  • Bias of the person being diagnosed

Those are probably the biggest biases.  So, I have a feeling that with the formal “attention” diagnosis, some of that is related to the fact that the family went in at least subconsciously with that diagnosis in mind.

Also, I have a bit of a sense that they went in with “let it not be autism.”  I guess to me, having seen so many of my people who are autistic, or at least have been told by other autistics that they “seem autistic.”  That I saw this group of people who I think are really cool, who have this “autism” label (though not always) assigned to them.  And honestly, I have known some who I know that very few would say that they are “really cool” and I’ve still felt a connection with them on that basis.  To me they are still really cool.

I think I got lost, now where was I?  Where was I heading?  And how was I getting there?  I don’t know.  Let’s call this the destination…

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