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Moving Beyond Shame and Invalidation as an Autistic Person

Five years ago this month, at least seven years’ worth of progress went out the window pretty much overnight. In order to tell this story in the way that it needs to be told, I can’t say what happened five years ago – not yet.

The preceding eight years need to be told first. The preceding eight years span most of my secondary school days and almost all of my university days.

The specter of my autism (Asperger’s) diagnosis loomed large over many of these days, for many reasons. I was diagnosed at the age of 2, shortly before Andrew Wakefield made headlines with his fraudulent “MMR vaccine causes autism” claims, and my card was marked – as per my primary and secondary schools’ legal and moral obligations.

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