It was my Aunt that noticed that my diagnosis of ADD didn’t quite fit. I wasn’t hyper active or have issues with paying attention. So she did some research and I fit all the signs of Aspergers Syndrome.
So she took me to get evaluated and I was rediagnosed. Living with her was difficult. She believed the doctors that said that I would always need help and could never fully live on my own, go to college or have a normal job or life.
I was placed in an assisted living apartment straight out of high school and put on food stamps, social security and Medicaid. I had to fight for 6 years for the right to work full time and live on my own.
She is still baffled I went to college, live on my own successfully and have maintained a full time job. As to what I have accomplished in my state politically for Auties in my state, it’s like her mind doesn’t even register it.
My opposition to certain Autism research baffles her too. Read some of the laws they try to pass. It’s thinly veiled eugenics! Years ago in a hunt for the smoking gun for Downs they found what caused it and how to test for it in the womb.
Since then, 70% of Downs children are aborted. They are now trying to do this with Autism and a lot of us Auties are horrorfied of the implacations! I wish it was a subject more touched on in the Pro Life movement.
But anyway. I find people over or underestimate my abilities. Rarely do they reach the mark