Autism Understanding/Acceptance Day 3:
Patricia posted this earlier and I thought it to be such an eye-opening poem that I wanted to share it because it shows the dual narrative of how we refer to neurotypical vs autistic behaviors in different lights. The double standard quickly becomes clear, and the artifical divide between our two communities still clearer.
The Language of Us and Them, By Mayer Shevin
We like things.
They fixate on objects.
We try to make friends.
They display attention-seeking behaviors.
We take a break.
They display off-task behavior.
We stand up for ourselves.
They are non-compliant.
We have hobbies.
We choose our friends wisely.
They display poor peer socialization.
We love people.
They have dependencies on people.
We go for walks.
They run away.
We change our minds.
They are disoriented and have short attention spans.
We are talented.
They have splinter skills.
We are human.