AUTISTIC PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY ACCEPTED – AND IT’S IMPACTING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
Take a moment to think about a crucial part of who you are. For example, I am Scottish, and that is a very important part of me. Now think about whether other people accept that part of you.
Perhaps you feel a disconnection between how much you accept yourself and how much others seem to accept you.
If you feel like others don’t accept you for that part of your identity, this could impact on your mental health.
As human beings, we have a natural desire to be accepted and to belong.
For people who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, autism can be an integral part of who they are.
This is why many prefer the term “autistic person” rather than “person with autism” (just as I prefer to be called a Scottish person rather than a person with Scottishness). But do other people accept autistic people for who they are?
Recent research suggests not, and that first impressions of autistic people tend to be negative.