Autism is a wide spectrum and now that I finally had the willpower to watch the 2017 Reboot, let’s talk Autism: Facts VS Stereotype
Stereotype: People with Autism don’t want to socialize
Fact: People with Autism have a HARDER time socializing. I’ve been out about my diagnosis of Autism at 16. I declined a wedding to a friend from high school
Stereeotype Autistics have 3-5 interests and no social skills
Fact: Some Autistics can’t even talk
When I was younger I used to say give me homework whenever I didn’t know what to do. The worst punishment I ever got from my parents was go to my bedroom for a time out to stew in my own juices. My younger brother who you read is the family and my dad make me take him in
The importance of “Happy Birthday”
This is primarily me but my old therapist was impressed by how I knew were my real friends are. If you have 3 people in the room. Let’s say 2 of them are autistic and one isn’t. I know when to help someone out if they’re frightened or scared. Case in point the suicide in my life from 2016!
This is where I struggled but now I’m able to do it
Stereotype: Autistic people love Math and Yugioh
Fact: In high school, I didn’t like Math Class. I had to take special ed Math and there were students who always talked about doing Marijuana. The majority of my college crew were autistic but there was only 1 who was into Yugioh. Back when I was still closeted and with a toxic closeted friend
Starting at the age of 10, I started collecting action figures. At 14 I was interviewed for them on the radio. At 16, I used them in my high school’s comedy talent show. Now that I have my own apartment my next step is to give them to my pen pal’s son. Now that I have my own place my collection is going to be pins, fridge magnets and movies. I will still be collecting figures occasionally until the Russians arrive but my pen pal was helpful when Fuzzy died.
Unable to read Humor or Sarcasm
As you saw in the clip, Billy tells Jason he can’t understand Humor or Sarcasm. This is a stereotype. I like telling jokes and I’m not sarcastic. I’m the first one to tell a joke but I also stand up for the person who got bullied
Your average person has their earliest memory come about from when they’re 5. My earliest memory is from when I was 3.
“All people with Autism are the same”
When I heard this I was angry and the director pretty much got away with it or so she thought. This just shows ignorance and prejudice. When Fuzzy died I vowed to continue my education until I graduated.
Making Physical contact
I will hug and kiss others.
When my last girlfriend wanted sex, I wanted to wait because even though I’ve been living on my own I wanted to wait but she didn’t. Who I have sex with is going to be difficult. My last girlfriend refused to call herself that since it sounded to teenager for her but I was trying to help her with her kids
Am I a robot?
Of course not! Last Monday I was angry because my job coach completely blanked about our appointment.
Determination to reach a goal.
I want to end this on an empowering note. I’m 31 now but 3 years ago
Does Sam ever want to get married?
Yes and the junior rabbi from his Bar Mitzvah years will lead the ceremony and his online community is invited!