In this blog post, I will talk about some of the common good qualities of people on the autistic spectrum. This is a crucial topic to talk about when it comes to autism acceptance. Autism is considered to be a developmental disability, and the word disability has negative connotations attached to it. However, there are a lot of amazing qualities that people on the autistic spectrum possess which make them an asset to society. In this blog post, I will talk about 3 good qualities that most people on the autistic spectrum have as well as briefly discuss why it’s important we appreciate this fully.
People with autism have different perspectives and ways of thinking
Most people on the autism spectrum are neurodiverse, which means that they experience the world in a particular way that is sometimes perceived as different. Sometimes this can come across as weird, for example when it comes to people in the spectrum having specific special interests. However, neurodiversity also implies different perspectives and ways of thinking which is a fantastic thing for society. This has benefits in many aspects of life, such as in the workplace, in relationships and in navigating life challenges. I have certainly experienced the benefits of me having different ways of thinking in the workplace and in my friendships, and I definitely feel that others have learnt a lot from it. Interacting with people on the spectrum that experience the world differently to you should be used as an opportunity for you to have an open mind, as you may learn a lot of valuable things from them. It is easy to have negative thoughts when you think about people with autism experiencing the world differently, and it is mainly about reframing the mind.
People with autism are extremely resilient
I have mentioned several times in previous blog posts that people on the autistic spectrum face unique challenges. Autistic burnout is something that people on the spectrum are prone to when things get overwhelming. Autism masking is a daily challenge for some and can be mentally exhausting, as I mention in my blog here. Furthermore, this pandemic has been an immense challenge for a lot of people on the spectrum when it has come to adjusting to change and a new routine. However, challenges almost automatically help develop resilience which is an extremely valuable skill in life. Being on the autistic spectrum means that I know first hand how challenging and difficult some things can be, and that immense resilience is required to overcome certain challenges. Therefore, I strongly believe that people on the autistic spectrum should never be underestimated as a result.
People with autism are generally very kind
This might be surprising for a few people, but I really do believe that this is true. Although some people on the spectrum may find it harder to read social cues, or cues which indicate that someone feels down, that doesn’t mean that they lack empathy. As mentioned before, people on the autistic spectrum have their own unique challenges and battles that they are facing. This means that they are more likely to understand and appreciate that fundamental point that everyone is fighting a battle that no one knows about. Therefore, they will be kind to others facing challenges, as well as be kind in general. They may express kindness in a different way to others, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that their intentions are good.
Unfortunately, society is still at a stage where autism is talked out more negatively than positivity. This is because autism is defined as a developmental disability, and the term disability has negative connotations attached to it. It can be easy to view people with autism as less capable due to this, even though that it not true in many cases. Furthermore, it is true that, TV shows and the media are more likely to portray people on the spectrum in a negative light than in a positive light. This is where we as a society generally get our information from rather than going away and doing our own research. It is obvious that if we get most our information from a source that portrays something as negative then we will portray it as negative. This is why society is still at a stage where autism is talked out more negatively than positivity.
This blog post is an important topic to talk about when it comes to autism acceptance. I have always had the opinion that autism awareness is good in the sense that it brings the topic of autism into light. However, the biggest challenge that still exists is that people with autism can find fitting in a society that is designed for neurotypicals difficult due to their neurodivergent behaviours. Furthermore, the neurodivergent behaviours aren’t always accepted by society and sometimes looked down on. This means that some people on the autistic spectrum can feel that society doesn’t accept their differences. Placing more focus on the good qualities that people on the spectrum have is vital, as it shows that these individuals have a lot to offer in society. This can help significantly with autism acceptance, as fully appreciating that people on the spectrum have a lot to offer means that it is lot easier when it comes to them trying to fit in to society.