We can all remember difficult times in our childhood. Struggles that often make a huge impact on us even as adults, some make us stronger, some leave permanent scars, but most do both.
Now imagine growing up not allowed to be yourself. Being seen as a burden, strange, “not right in the head”, the things you enjoy being restricted, the things that stabilise your happiness and wellbeing being removed from you. Many of us have vague memories of this happening, but to many autistic adults this was a daily struggle. The embarrassed mothers, the teachers who branded them as naughty or lazy, the therapists who tried to ” normalise ” these kids. Autism awareness was rare, acceptance decades away. All help given was on the understanding that the child needs to be as “normal” as possible.
Luckily nowadays parents, teachers and therapists are gradually learning that this method is unacceptable. …
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