Autistic children become autistic adults. We are not adult children. We’re adults. Sometimes we need more support than others. That’s okay. Sometimes we live on our own, and sometimes we can’t. That’s okay, too. Some of us go to college. Some of us dropped out. Some of us never will go to college.
But autistic children become autistic adults. How you treat the autistic adults on Facebook who try to educate you or who just interact with you is how someone may treat your child someday. Autistic children become autistic adults. We’re adults. We deserve to be treated with respect, even if you view us as lesser than.
Treat us with respect. Treat us how you would want someone to treat your child. We were your child once. We were once young. Just because we’ve never been parents, doesn’t mean we’ve never been children. And above all, we’re real people with real feelings.
So please don’t mock our spelling errors. We’re trying.
Please don’t get upset when we ask you to clarify – we often legitimately don’t understand because how our brain works.
Please don’t get upset we repeat ourselves – we sometimes don’t realize we’re doing it, even though it’s right in front of us.
Please understand that sometimes we break up Facebook comments and don’t post everything in one big posts – long walls of post are “text walls” or “word salad” to us, and breaking them up makes it easier for us.
Please just use a little bit of compassion.