10 Things Not to Say to an Autistic Person Video BBC III

I love this video for multiple reasons. It’s presented in manageable, easy-to-digest bites, it’s relevant, the participants are true autistics, and they share common challenges of those of us on the spectrum. Mostly, I appreciate how they are sharing that we are all unique. It’s nice to see fellow autistics; seeing them reinforces I’m not alone. And we definitely are a subgroup growing in our sense of a collective and sense of self. Bravo, for a job well done.

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13 thoughts on “10 Things Not to Say to an Autistic Person Video BBC III

  1. Reblogged this on bookwormval and commented:
    Tal como dice Samantha, un video que presenta en bocados fáciles de digerir y manejables aspectos relevantes. Los participantes son autistas y comparten los desafíos usuales de los que nos ubicamos en el espectro. De la BBC, con la calidad acostumbrada

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  2. Thank you so much for this. Having just discovered at the age of 55 that it is autism that explains everything in my life, I am busy absorbing everything I can find by autistics and I loved these young people. I still have one in there somewhere and hope to let her learn it is safe to come out and play. I am sure there will still be many struggles, but after the years of misdiagnoses and constant searching for what was ‘wrong’ with me, I now know the answer – nothing!! Thank you for another piece of a sense of belonging.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. British folks have a great dry wit sense of humor. Here are some I’ve heard:
    You can’t be autistic, you can shake my hand (this was back in 1999). You’re not autistic, you’re spoiled and manipulative (when people lay and professional alike have seen a meltdown). Why don’t you like dogs/kids? I didn’t get a chance to have a choice. You are a fraud. You will end up in jail or the morgue-from a psychiatrist. Said in a very high and shrill sing song voice, “Help me, I have autism!” EMT girls mocking me while I was on a stretcher in ER.

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  4. Hi – do you have a support group/forum for young women newly diagnosed with autism/aspergers? My daughter is isolated, bullied and traumatised and needs contact with people who get it. As the video showed, very few people do – she gets told all the time she doesn’t look autistic, she seems quite intelligent and asked if she’s sure she’s not just a bit depressed/lazy. It makes her difficulties a thousand times harder to cope with and there is a limit to what her dad and I can do, she really needs contacts her own age. Thank you, Den

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