Jude’s call for understanding and acceptance of autistic people

By Autism Voice UK | June 10 2021

Jude’s call for understanding and acceptance of autistic people

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    I was diagnosed with autism at the age of six. Growing up was tough because people just didn’t understand me. They tend not to be friendly even when you try to be friendly with them. I felt very sad about that.

    I struggled a lot at university. I was bullied, beaten up, taunted, laughed at and my food was taken away from me. I felt really bad that I couldn’t do anything to defend myself from bullies. My flat mate at university verbally abused me to frustration and that affected my mental health. It also affected my performance at university, and I had to drop out of the course. I didn’t talk about it to anyone.

    I got on well with colleagues at work. I believe part of the reason was because they didn’t know about my autism diagnosis.

    I struggled at church because people didn’t understand me, but it got better as I grew older. The more people get to know you they tend to accept you for who you are. I am happy where I am now.

    The support from Autism Voice has been brilliant. My advice to people out there is, please be kind to autistic people. Acceptance and understanding can make a big difference in our lives.

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