While adolescence and early adulthood are already times filled with inner tumult, being autistic in an unacceptable and unaccommodating world can make it even more unbearable at times, which is why it is crucial to remain true to and confident in who you are as a person. Surround yourself with loving and caring individuals. Do your best to educate those around you, so that you can make a difference in eliminating the ignorance in the world that leads to hate and disapproval. One of my favorite thoughts on doing something that appears to bother others is that it is only bothersome to people who it bothers. It seems like an obvious statement, but it identifies that something is only a problem to those who view it that way or are expecting something different.
Because these external expectations and demands will likely always be present, it is your mission to embrace what you believe in. Cherish your capabilities and cultivate your abilities and interests. Do what makes YOU happy, and above all, be yourself, because that’s what you’ll always be best at!
A few excellent resources that we would recommend to you are;
-Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People- Jasmine Lee O’Neill
-Aquamarine Blue 5; Personal Stories of College Students with Autism- Edited by Dawn Prince-Hughes
-Freaks, Geeks, and Aspergers Syndrome : A User Guide to Adolescence– Luke Jackson