A must read. Even though i am verbal and can articulate my feelings, i still lose my words, especially when under stress and duress. Please read, because this explains how much at the mercy all of us can be of others, whether verbal or non verbal, because so many people still don’t understand us. Even though i can speak, i still shut down.
The other week I was present for the following typed exchange by two people. Both are Autistic and both cannot use spoken language to communicate. (Their names have been changed, as even though both agreed to have their words published here, this issue is sensitive and distressing, as well as deeply misunderstood by most non autistic people.)
Layla: You have an extremely loud stomp. (This was in reference to the noise Jerry made several days earlier and that Layla heard while working in a neighboring room.)
Jerry: Is that a guess or are you certain?
Layla: If you tried to hide it then you gave away the secret.
Jerry: That is what I am behaving like on some days but proud I am not.
Layla: I heard it all and was curious and wanted to give help.
Jerry: Really do you believe that I am not evil? (J. turns his…
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