Disability Awareness

“May have been diagnosed as autistic or Asperger’s when young, or may have been thought of as gifted, shy, sensitive, etc. May also have had obvious or severe learning deficits.” I wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 23. Even though I showed key symptoms as a child on the spectrum, because I was successful and overall agreeable in the elementary years of school, my social struggles were overlooked. I was “gifted,” so disability was ruled out. By middle school, the differences started to show, but research on teen girls on the spectrum was little. Thanks to my “giftedness,” I was able to memorize enough social rules and mask just enough to never get the guidance and support I truly needed. What’s your story? 

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