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Embracing Autistic Culture

Autism offers a unique way of perceiving the world, and as an Autistic individual, I am proud to be a part of this distinctive culture. In this blog post, I will share some insights into the Autistic culture, with a focus on fashion preferences, communication styles, and the importance of accessories in our daily lives. Let's delve into the enriching world of Autistic culture that exudes a wide spectrum of skills and talents.

The Autistic Teacher's Perspective

As an Autistic teacher, I acknowledge that we often do things in a certain way to accommodate our challenges. However, it's important to highlight that the Autistic community also possesses incredible talents. Many of us excel in areas such as pattern recognition, attention to detail, and creative problem-solving abilities, enriching our society with a wide spectrum of skills and talents.

Fashion in the Autistic Culture

When it comes to fashion, many Autistic individuals prioritise comfort over style due to sensory differences. It is not uncommon for us to cut out clothing tags or to have a preference for a particular colour or style. This is because once we find something that suits our comfort, we see no need to change it.

Some of us may have trouble with shoelaces or buttons and therefore avoid clothes that are fiddly to put on. And then there are those who have a special interest in a particular era, style, or 'thing' and dress accordingly. This could even be bright colours as a way of expressing ourselves.

Communication in the Autistic Culture

Communication within the Autistic community places less emphasis on small talk and more on productive conversation. While this might come across as blunt to some, it is simply our way to be more straightforward and honest.

Text or emails are often preferred due to auditory processing, but this is an individual choice. As a community, we accept and appreciate different ways of communicating. Eye contact is not demanded in our culture; we understand that it can be uncomfortable, even painful for some. Sharing extensive information, also known as 'infodumping', is seen as a compliment - an indication that someone wants to share with us and spend time with us.

Accessories in the Autistic Culture

Accessories play a significant role in our culture. Many of us carry certain items like sensory or fidget toys for stimming, ear defenders or loops, comfort items, sunglasses, safe foods, and more. Planning is a big part of our lives, and hence, we might carry an entire bag of items in preparation for our day!

The Autistic Community

I am proud to be part of the Neurodivergent Community. It's a community that is less judgmental and more accepting of others. We understand each other's pressures and challenges and often relate to each other on a deeper level. My fellow neurodivergent individuals can often feel like family, and I am incredibly proud to be part of the Autistic Community and to embrace our Autistic Culture.

Of course, we don't always agree or get along with everyone, but the sense of belonging and understanding is what makes this community special.

Supporting The Autistic Teacher

If you have enjoyed my work and would like to support my mission to help the Autistic Community, feel free to buy me a coffee. Please only donate if you can afford to do so. Everything given is very much appreciated. You can also help to spread the word by liking, loving, and sharing my posts. Every gesture of support matters. Thank you!

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