Welcome To The Autistic Community

Welcome to the Autistic community. Before
we talk about living with autism, you may be wondering: what exactly is Autism? What Is Autism? Everyone’s brain is different, and the way
your brain works is called Autism. It’s not a sickness or something that needs to be cured.
It’s the way you see the world, and it will always be a part of you. Many autistic people process senses differently.
Things like a bright light or a disgusting smell overstimulate the senses. It’s common for autistic people to stim.
Stimming is doing something repetitively with your body because it feels good, is calming, or it makes it easier to focus on other things. For some Autistics, it’s hard to hear or
say words. Autistic people who can’t talk are nonverbal, and they use other ways of communicating, like pointing, pictures, or iPads. Even Autistic thinking is different. We can
channel our focus very intensely, especially on things we like and don’t like. We can
also find it hard to process change. Using the term “Autism” can help non-autistic
people better understand how you are different. What Does It Mean? Being Autistic means that you see the world
differently. These differences can make it hard for you to understand people and for
them to understand you. They might tell you that the way you do things
is wrong and try to get you to do things their way. Being Autistic means that sometimes you have
to defend your right to do things your way. When people understand and respect your
needs, that can give you the chance to show your way of doing things, which sometimes
is the best way of getting something done. Am I Disabled? As an Autistic person, you are considered
“disabled.” Disability is something that the rest of the world does to people whose bodies
or brains are different in a way that they don’t support. Autistic people are disabled by a world that
isn’t set up to support Autistic people. This doesn’t mean that Autistic people are damaged
or broken. It means that we’re different in a way that the world doesn’t have built-in
support for. Am I Okay? Remember that you are okay. You are a person,
just like everyone else. You have different needs and ways of thinking, and
that’s okay. You are good at some things and have to work
hard at other things, just like everyone else. The important thing to remember is that we all have differences, and in that way we are alike. More Alike Than Different
More Alike Than Different More Alike Than Different Just like non-autistic people, Autistic
people have hopes, dreams, wants, and needs. Some may want to go to college, have a job,
or live on their own. Just because Autistics are different does
NOT mean that we are “abnormal.” We are simply another kind of normal. Positives Being Autistic affects how we experience everything.
We learn, see, and have feelings in ways that most people do not. This is good,
because people with different ways of thinking can work together to make positive
changes in the world. Am I The Only One? You’re not the only Autistic person! Lots
of people are Autistic. Some may not be diagnosed yet. Others may choose to keep it to themselves. It might seem like you’re the only one right now, but at least 1 in
every 68 people are Autistic. Where Are The Other People Like Me? Autistic people are everywhere! Sometimes
we don’t like to talk in person too much, so we often use the Internet to talk to each
other. You can find online spaces or meet-up we often use the Internet to talk to each
other. You can find online spaces or meet�up groups to talk to other Autistic people. What Are My Rights? As an autistic person, you have legal rights that protect you and let you be part of society. Autistic students have the right to an Individualized Education Plan, which helps you reach your academic goals, and the right to
accommodations that give you extra help in the classroom. Autistic adults have rights under the Americans
with Disabilities Act, or the ADA. The ADA says that people with disabilities, like
autism, have the right to be treated fairly. Resources There are many websites and organizations
to help you understand your Autistic identity. Websites like Autism NOW, The Autism Women’s
Network, and The Autistic Self Advocacy Network focus on how autism affects
all areas of life, including social interaction, employment, and legal rights. Your state’s developmental disability council
is a voice in the government to advocate for policies that promote self-determination
and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (like Autism) and their families. The best resources are those that focus on
supports and services, rather than research for a cure. No one knows Autistic people better
than those who are Autistic. We are your number one resource. What Does My Future Look Like? The good news is that your future is positive.
Just be H.O.P.E.F.U.L.! Be Honest about your needs and wants. Be Observant of what works and doesn’t work
for you in your environment. Be Prepared to meet your own needs. Educate yourself and others on what Autism
means to you. Focus on your strengths and talents. Use available resources. And Live your life to the fullest. By doing these things, you gain the power
of creating a successful, fulfilling, H.O.P.E.F.U.L. future! Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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