“Oh, but isn’t everyone wired a little neurodifferently?” This dismisses the unique challenges faced by autistic people, as well as people who suffer from other developmental disorders, brain injuries,…it’s like a white person saying, “Oh, yeah, people have hated on me because of my skin color, too.” One experience is pervasive, the other circumstantial.
“Yeah, but you’re high function.” So are a lot of people on the spectrum who society labels as low function, except they aren’t properly supported with an autistic-designed environment. This also dismisses the unique challenges that sometimes render me low function.
“Toughen up.” When an autistic person’s sharing experiences about pain—regardless of it’s physical or social-emotional pain—they are sharing experiences from the perspective of a brain with a sensitive nervous system. The synapses that determine the result of the particles firing off in your brain?—I experience those 🎶AMPED UP🎵, like my brain is loooud, like if your radio could only play at max volume, and you couldn’t crank down your windows, but if you did, oh 🦆ing well, because there’s a thunderstorm outside, ready to chuck hail in your face. And since I’m experiencing something fundamentally different from your perception of reality, it’s not really logical for you to suggest, “Toughen up.” Seriously, I am terrified of giving birth.
Prewriting 💚 3 Secret Doors into the Autistic Heart
special interests, especially collection-based ones;
Remove the first ‘t’ from immortality and you get…
Assume the ancients knew something very basic about the world that we don’t know… The ancient Egyptians had their “mfkat,” a white bread, which was offered as gold to the gods…
He wants you to burn gold. Bhasma (ash), a fine white ash, the fiery process of tapas, spiritual evolution… Goodness. Well. That peculiarity aside, I kinda sorta wanna write ’bout Ancient Egypt.
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Kourtnie McKenzie completed her MFA (Fiction) at Fresno State and BA in English from Cal State Fullerton. She's currently studying computer programming and IT at Clovis College. When she isn't writing, she's moonlighting as a professor at Fresno City College.
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