a month ago
I loved all her posts yesterday! Such an amazing human 💖
Slightly controversial I know but I think it’s very individual how a person refers to their diagnosis. My daughter says she has autism, not that she is autistic. I find myself using both ways when I’m speaking about her.
I've always taught my kids to embrace their disabilities and to celebrate that they aren't like everyone else, it really is such an individual approach and I appreciate the work that Chloe Hayden does to hopefully see the change that is needed for our kids to be accepted in their communities.
It is interesting how this relates to different disabilities.
My daughter has Down syndrome and we always say that she is our daughter with Down syndrome not the Down syndrome daughter/child or adult. Many adults with DS identify as being a person first with DS. Her diagnosis doesn’t define her.
These are great resources. I find myself refer to my son as has non verbal autism rather than he is non verbal autistic. As we are going though speech and school, his speech in improving, he also has CAS, i am finding i really have to include the non verbal part, as some people expect him fully answer and think him rude when he doesn't or think I am lying because he has a few words so is not non verbal..
In saying all of this, since starting this journey, I have had my mind changed about Autism, I learn new things all the time. Listening to other people's experiences make me appreciate how unique and individual each person's journey is.