The links no longer work, but the poem and its point is just as relevant as ever.
A different kind of double standard.
We first came across this poem by Mayer Shevin many years ago when we were first coping with a diagnosis of autism, and found copies of it recently when were doing some spring cleaning. You can find more about it at the links above, but I’ve included it below:
We like things.
They fixate on Objects.
We try to make friends.
They display attentions seeking behavior.
We take a break.
They display off-task behaviors.
We stand up for ourselves.
They are non-compliant.
We have hobbies.
We choose our friends wisely.
They display poor socialization.
We love people.
They have dependencies on people.
We go for a walk.
They run away.
We change our minds.
They are disoriented and have short attention span.
We have talents.
They have SPLINTER SKILLS.
We are human.
They are ?????????????????
Kind of takes me back…
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