12 responses to “Guest Post: I Do Not Suffer From Autism”

  1. Laughingrat

    This was really amazing and True. Rock on.

  2. sanabituranima

    Thank you for writing this.

  3. B.

    I suffer because I have learned to apologize for who I am.

    This whole post gave me shivers, but this line in particular. Beautifully put.

  4. Joanna

    so so true and a good description of social model

  5. DragonDesigns

    I think you express the feelings of most of us. I always try to express the positive attributes of autism to my two autistic children. Eg., outstanding creativity, different but interesting perspectives, ability to focus intently on a project. It certainly helped me to succeed in my career.

    Thank you for your beautiful poem.

  6. Cat


    This is so simple, eloquent and elegant. I’m going to go share it on Facebook now.

  7. Kaz

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

  8. DollyForSue

    It amazes me how people insist on seeing differences as deficiencies, things to be overcome. I still run into people who think I need to “work on” my introversion. I don’t suffer when I stay at home and read a book instead of going to a social event; I suffer when people tell me it’s something I need to “fix.”

  9. Jayn

    Dolly: I often suffer when I listen to them and do go out. I just don’t fare well in group environments. If I stick around long enough it’s almost sure to trigger my depression, and there goes my good mood.

  10. Kay

    By way of introduction, I am not autistic. That said, this is one of the most touching amazing things I have read in quite a while. I’m thinking of framing it, and I _know_ I’ll be teaching with this piece of writing for years to come (I teach sociology). I doubt I can express even half of how amazing you are. WOW, just wow!

  11. DollyForSue

    Jayn: Totally. When I’m in a group environment, I just start getting down on myself and thinking, “Why don’t I know how to relate to people the same way as everyone else?”

  12. Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

    Hi everyone,

    I’m so happy that my piece resonated with you. Thank you for all your kind and supportive words!