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What I Want the People Who Say ‘You Don’t Look Autistic’ to Know

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I’ve been told more than once that ‘your autism must be very mild, otherwise you wouldn’t have the imagination you need to work as a writer’. The common assumption that those with autism always lack imagination is completely wrong – we can be as imaginative and creative as anyone else. Another thing that people like to comment on is the fact that I spend a lot of my time bouncing around social media with photos of things I’ve done and places I’ve been – surely no one with Aspergers would be able to cope with a busy social life? Finding it difficult to be sociable doesn’t mean that I don’t want to do it, even if I do have to take time out afterwards to recover.

Key Takeaways:

  • Amy Tracey, who writes about Autism spectrum disorder, wants people to know that autism does not have a look, nor is does it affect ever person in the same way.
  • As a child, Tracey experienced developmental, scholastic and socialization delays, as well as difficulty concentrating.
  • Jobs have been difficult for Tracey to keep, due to a perceived robot-like personality.

“One characteristic people with autism may have is a special interest. We can constantly go on about it.”

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