Okay, so just a little thought experiment to get you clever and creative folks discussing...
Morpheus sits you down and places a small green pill in front of you saying how it will instantly and painlessly 'cure' you of your autism, giving you the neurotypicality you would've had from birth, had things been different.
Do you take the pill?
NO my autism is part of who i am and i would be a completely different person without it. also if you think about it if there were more people with autism than none since the start then neuro typical would be consider autistic and we would be normal. hmmmmm interesting right?
Yeah, but I personally have Buddhist sympathies - whereby the focus is very much dealing with the world as it actually is, no matter how crummy. And the stark reality is that NT's dominate the environment, and set the 'norm'. Autistics are very much the minority, and as disheartening as it can be, the current modes of thinking do tend to focus on us as 'wrong' and 'abnormal'.
As such, my current position is that I'd swallow that pill immediately, without water! I'd love to fit into their world, to ease through the social conventions and thrive.
You are all better people than me for making autism work for you, and seeing it in a positive light. But, can anyone explain how you actually get to that stage? How do I come to see it as a 'good' thing, rather than something that has just crippled me from experiencing a fulfilling life?