I was once going to write a book called “In My Eyes”, this was going to explore the difficulties I have living with Aspergers or autism for that matter. I wanted to go deeper into this and explore what I’m really thinking in certain difficult scenarios as an autistic person. Instead of masking the situation, maybe there are ways and techniques to make people aware of the difficulties I’m facing. How do you as an autistic person combat your difficulties? Do you just mask the situation or do you make people aware? It’s an interesting question and it’s something I wanted to explore.
This week I can think of two or three instances where I’ve been thrown in the deep end of the autistic scale. One of these was just this morning when I had to go to chemist to pick up my prescription, I was panicking as I had to not just pick up my prescription, I had to ask for some paracetamol for my brother. Now, I’ve come along way but I was having to process three things at a time, one was asking for not one but two prescriptions, then I had to buy some paracetamol on top of that. I arrived at the chemist and guess what, it was busy, this made it harder. I took a breather and went in, I knew what I had to do in my autistic mind so I asked for the things one by one and I did it. I know this was a simple task but to an autistic person like me, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Looking in my eyes and my perception of things I was overwhelmed with the amount of things I had to do but I asked for them one by one and slowly I did it. If the chemist had been made aware of my difficulties this also would have helped.
“Do You Think More Support Could Be Put In Pace for Autistic People?”
The second event that was pretty difficult for me this week was attending my brother’s chicken wing party, a.k.a gender reveal party. Yes, my brother and his wife are having a baby and we went to find out the gender. This was a party and of course, as an autistic person, I hate parties. Knowing most of the people at the party helped but a lot of the time whilst I was there I felt like a lost sheep, not knowing what to do, plus I was suffering with a bad cold which didn’t help. Of course that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself, I did!
Do you think more support could be put in place to make it more evident that you’re autistic? Maybe I could wear a lanyard or carry a card to show I’m autistic. Let us know in the comments below.
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