As you read each of these, answer them for yourself as True or False.
1) My differences are seen in the most positive light possible.
2) I feel comfortable discussing my autism with others.
3) If people notice my neurodivergence, they are less “revolted” and more genuinely curious to learn more.
4) The way I offer different and ‘weird’ inputs is well-received and appreciated.
5) I feel more shaped and supported by my success than shamed and slighted for my failures.
6) Others are honest about where I am challenging, but more honest about helping.
7) People ask how they can adjust their misunderstandings and seek better understanding about autism.
8) Others thoughtfully accept my explanations of autistic attributes and adapt where sensible.
9) My mistakes, missteps, failures, and faults aren’t first assumed to be negative and malicious intent on my part.
10) I feel safe.
11) I don’t worry about someone finding out I’m autistic.
12) I feel like my life has meaning.
13) People appreciate me for me.
14) I know people undoubtedly love me, differences and all, and that my differences don’t ever appear to jeopardize that.
15) The autistic experience feels like it will get better every day.
It’s Autism Appreciation Month.
If you’re autistic, I hope these are all true.
If you’re not, but you read this or otherwise support an autistic loved one, help us make more of these true. Please.