You Make Me Feel Disabled. Yes, You.
“In one instance you shrug your shoulders and roll your eyes to dismiss my Asperger’s and anxiety, but in the next instance you act as if I am so disabled by my Asperger’s that accommodating me is a burden. Which is it?” Sherri Schultz at Pensive Aspie talks about the things that family members, friends, and co-workers do to make her feel disabled.
Some autistics can ‘pass for normal.’ I can. It’s exhausting, and by the end of a day of still hands and social conversations and watching people’s mouths in an attempt to demonstrate my interest in their words, I am physically sick and sometimes totally incapable of speaking a word.
I lay quietly beside you when you tell me that you are the wrong sort of special and the wrong sort of different and you want to die.