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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-09-09 10:42 PM
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I do not "suffer from Autism".
Excellent blog post I read today:

http://www.aspergerjourneys.com/2009/11/08/i-do-not-suf...

I do not suffer from autism.

I suffer when someone calls my way of being a disorder.

I suffer when others invest time and money to prevent people like me from being born.

I suffer when anyone suggests that I might recover or be cured.

I suffer when others feel sorry for me or for the family I have created.

I suffer when I fear that people will consider me broken.

I suffer when my being autistic scares people away.

I suffer when others try to silence me.

I suffer when people suggest that I do not have all the same feelings they do.

I suffer because I must describe my way of being by referring to a medical diagnosis.

I suffer because I live in a society that does not celebrate difference.

I suffer because I live in a culture that does not cultivate sensitivity.

I suffer because I live in an environment that values appearance over substance.

I suffer because I live within a social order that calculates human worth based on productivity and conformity.

I suffer because I live in a world that does not honor the gifts that autism brings me.

I suffer because I have learned to apologize for who I am.

But make no mistake: I do not suffer from autism. I do not suffer from who I am.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-19-09 12:38 PM
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1. I suffer because basic human interactions remain a mystery to me.
Edited on Thu Nov-19-09 12:39 PM by Deep13
And if there was a cure, I'd be the first in line.
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