[CW: Ableism, Bullying]
Recently came across this “very good” tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/winningprotocol/status/1034233626336980992
For fairly obvious reasons, I found this pretty infuriating as an autistic person. As a lot of people are pointing out in the comments, there are neuroatypical people who don’t engage in small talk, not out of arrogance, but a very real sense of anxiety. I can speak from personal experience of being singled out for torment either because I was quiet, or didn’t know how to “properly” express myself as a child. I just wish NT people would understand this before mouthing off about “weirdos.”
So, my neuroatypical peeps, do you have any similar stories of ignorant people getting stuff wrong, or just grinding your gears and, maybe, any advice for people looking to do better? Post it here.
And, of course, don’t feel obligated to speak up if you don’t wish to, this stuff can be hard to talk about after all.