Ever since I could remember, this is what I have been given as a response when I first tell someone, I know, that I have Autism. After this is said, I have never felt comfortable afterwords, possibly because I know how I can come across at times and how my actions could easily be perceived as "different" at times. I think since its also to the fact that I can notice the subtle signs more easily due to knowing what others could be feeling during certain situations I have been through before and know how I reacted to those situations. I personally do not mind being told this as a response to me opening up about my Autism, because unlike others, I view it as a chance to educate those who may be educated on a very specific look of Autism but may be ignorant to how vast the Spectrum is in how it looks and how it affects everyone differently.
I guess most people still have images of Rain Man or someone who is very violent and anti-social when they hear the word Autism or Autistic. Which in reality, can not be farther from the truth when describing individuals with Autism.
Just thought I share something short and sweet today.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum