I exist is the name of a campaign from the National Autistic Society in the UK. with this campaign they want to let people know that autism isn’t something that only affects children and want that adults get the support they need so they can live as independent as possible.
I don’t live in the UK but also in my own county(the Netherlands) I notice that there isn’t much help for autistic adults. especially for the adults with a less severe form of autism.
also is information that is available directed to parents and all other people around the the person with autism but the person where it’s all about is left out. there are now books and websites for adults with autism that are created by people with autism. information is importuned also for the one that has the autism because having it doesn’t mean that you know what the problem exalt is. knowing something about it can give more peace of mind, it’s one less thing to worry about. (this is only true for the people who can understand that information).
as you may have guessed I have a a condition in the autistic spectrum (pdd-nos). I can live a pretty ‘normal’ live, of course it has it’s downsides and problems but I don’t have it so bad, I am lucky in that sense. I know that a lot of people are far worse off then me.
in a documentary that Stephen fry made about manic-depression he asked everyone one question: if there was a button that you could press and your illness would be no more, would you press it? most people said no. and that would be my answer ass well because despite the difficulty’s it brings it’s a part of me and I wouldn’t know who I am without it.
so the good, bad and weird. it’s all me and I wouln’t want to miss any of it.