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Autism: A New Cultural Competency

posted 20 Jan 2015, 11:25 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 20 Jan 2015, 11:25 by Jan Szafranski ]
As an adult on the autism spectrum, it is with frustrating frequency that I grapple with the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of my words and deeds; some, it seems, always rush to judgment and presume the worst in me when the exact opposite is true: I usually act out of consideration and selflessness in deference of others. It is this near-daily confluence (or clash) of ideals that can be absolutely maddening to me. And because of my forthrightness, it is a similar mindset that spurs my inability to reconcile disingenuous, duplicitous or deceptive behavior in others. I say what I mean, and mean what I say -- shouldn't everyone do the same?