No, everyone is not “a little autistic.” My brain literally processes input differently than yours does. All input. Verbal, sensory, emotional, social….everything. You may understand some of the symptoms I experience that are related to my autism, but you can never understand what it’s like to have an autistic brain. And that’s okay, because I’ll never understand what it’s like to have a non-autistic brain either. But please don’t patronize me or anyone else with that “everyone’s a little autistic” line. It’s dismissive and insulting.
A post on closetautism said it much more eloquently here.
I haven’t updated my blog in a while, so this is the first post of many I plan to save from Facebook obscurity. While this one was rather brief, I’ve written a lot of more substantial content on Facebook that I never brought over to my own platform. Thanks for sticking with me through the long silences!