Autistic Philosophy 24, Knowledge is Power

If one is to operate some sort of vehicle, it is clear that knowing how to operate that vehicle is of great importance. If a person wants to learn how to operate some specific sort of vehicle, then a good starting point is to identify that vehicle. If a person is to operate one’s self, then one must begin with honest identification of the sort of person one is.
This may seem all too obvious. This may seem a tad silly to even mention. I can assure you that it isn’t at all obvious, nor is it silly. Indeed, throughout most of my life I have been not only autistic, but ignorantly so. My parents did not see fit to tell me of my early diagnosis. I do, at this late time in my life, see that my personal voyage through an autistic life and with no guide book has been of value. I have learned by way of introspection quite a lot about myself and about autism. On the other hand, early knowledge that I am me, and with reasons for being me would have been of huge assistance in my quest to thrive.
It is difficult to be autistic without running into one’s autism time and time again. Mostly, autism in social situations manifests in negative ways of sensory problems and social issues such as misunderstandings. Without the knowledge of who and what one is a person is likely to come to unfortunate conclusions about self. If one has an accurate label then one at least potentially has legitimacy. It is so much more easy to approach one’s differences within the context of legitimacy.
I hear the question from parents in quandary, ”Should I tell my child?” My answer, unless there some specific reason too do otherwise is, ”Yes!” The sooner the better. It may be difficult to get a teen to accept autism, it is probably more easily accepted by a five year old. And, a person has the right to know about labels and diagnosis applied to one’s self.
Another issue is personal denial. Parents who deny their child’s autism are, of course, denying that information to their child! And an autistic individual who cannot accept his or her own autism is not living within reality. A person who denies his or her own autism is denying a large part of who they are. Know thyself! Important for all; more important for those of us who are different.


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