We’re honoring Autism Acceptance by publishing April Accommodations—meaning adjustments that other people can do for the autistic people in their lives. (For the flipside, as in things that make life harder for autistics, please see our Autism Checklist of Doom.)
Today, we’re hearing from Hassaan, who wants non-autistic people to stop speaking over autistic people, and to listen to them instead.
What is a small switch in behavior other people can make, to ease your life as an autistic person?
This will make my life easier as I will feel more comfortable making myself heard. I will feel more willing to ask for accommodations if I need them and ask for help; at the moment there’s still a stigma/shame attached to being seen as vulnerable and I want to be able to get past that. I want to feel comfortable with asserting myself without that vulnerability and with the accommodations in place coupled with acceptance, that could be made possible.