Here are three more:
Neurotypicals often forget what it must be like to be autistic and to be told that they are such a burden they need to be prevented and/or cured.
"We're trying to figure out how to prevent you."
It amazes me how sometimes people think they are doing a good deed by being friends with an autistic person. A neurotypical who sees it this way seems unaware that they are telling the autistic person that autism makes them somehow less worthy of friendship, and that they should be grateful for what they can get.
To me it's like saying I am your friend in spite of your blue eyes. A statement like that immediately infers that there must something wrong with blue eyes. Who gets to make that assessment?
"I know you're autistic, but I like you anyway."
"And I like you, even though you aren't."
Quite often, neurotypicals think they know much more about autism than autistics themselves. To me, this seems very silly, because such an assumption locks us out of so much more awareness of the real issues for a real person on the spectrum. Wouldn't it be better to listen and learn in more depth?
Artist: Landon Bryce
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thAutcast: Aspergers and Autism Community