Why 'Undercover Autie'?
Because I spent 26 years passing as a neurotypical person and am often met with surprise when I tell people about my diagnosis.
Is autism a learning disability/ mental illness?
No. You can be autistic and have a learning disability and/or mental illness, but autism itself is neither. It has been called a developmental disorder, but many advocates prefer to call it a neurological difference.
Is there a cure for autism?
No, and while there are some who want to find a cure, most autistic people do not want to be 'cured'.
What do these abbreviations stand for?
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASC - Autism Spectrum Condition
NT - Neurotypical (someone without autism or another neurological difference, eg: ADHD)
ND - Neurodiverse (someone with a neurological difference like autism)
AWP - Autism Warrior Parent (a pejorative term for parents of autistic children who focus solely on how their children's behaviour affects them, rather than the reason for the child's behaviour)
Autie - Short for autistic
Why don't you like the charity Autism Speaks?
See the infographic below for a summary.