In this beautiful animation, author Sara Gibbs shares how being diagnosed with autism as an…
It turns out we see the world through a very different lens.
hen you Google what makes autistic people different to neurotypical (NT) people, you’ll most likely either read scientific research, or you’ll come across a vague article which lists out general traits but doesn’t give a clear, overall picture.
And unless you’re specifically looking, you don’t always come across anything written by autistic people. Reading autistic perspectives on this subject is just as important because the narrative needs to be rewritten. Just ask ChatGPT, for instance, and you’ll get a glimpse into how autistic people are infantilised — and, worse — patronised for our differences.
This is what’s known as the ‘double empathy’ problem— it suggests that when people with very different experiences of the world interact with one another, they will struggle to empathise with each other. Yet, somehow, we need to find a way to bridge the gap between neurotypical and autistic culture as that will lead to increased understanding on both sides.
So, if you’re an autistic person looking for some insight on what sets you apart from neurotypical people, or you’re a neurotypical person looking to understand autistic people better, here are 10 ways autistic people are different to NT people.
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