The quest to dispell misconceptions and fears….

I have read that many people with Asperger Syndrome, Mental illness, and Learning Disabilities have given up their blogs because of trolling etc. I am not like them. I do not cower down to trolls or those that don’t understand. The more that individuals with conditions that others don’t understand do that kind of thing, then we will always have to deal with being misunderstood. I am very aware that it takes a lot to get those who cannot relate to our lives to understand the things that we try to explain. But, if we don’t keep on writing whatever we can, then our reality won’t ever improve. The LGBT movement started off doing just that. Even if we go back 50 years. There would be a vast amount of misconceptions and fear surrounding their lifestyle. The attitudes towards LGBT individuals was very different from what they are today. 

The more positive attitudes have been achieved by brave individuals being open about their lifestyles and being open about how they were as people. Stephen Fry was himself expelled from school and he later came out as a Gay. It is well known that he had a troubled childhood and adolescence because of him being different. But, he persisted to stick up for himself and those like him. And look how widespread the LGBT movement is now. There will always be minorities that do not like individuals who are LGBT. This is mostly down to fear or being unable to understand their lifestyle. If others don’t understand which instills fear in them, then we have to teach them. We can’t force feed them. However, we can be persistent and keep on and on with what we write. And, be brutally honest about life on the spectrum, living with mental illness symptoms or learning disabilities. We have to remain calm when explaining these things to the public, this ensures that there is no fear surrounding our disabilities or us as individuals. Professionals and those with relatives that have disabilities of this nature can’t tell others exactly what it’s really like to have the disability. And, especially, they cannot explain our intentions regarding actions that others can misinterpret. That is why we need to be saying these things. I haven’t got time to go through things in detail tonight. However, I will try to itemise certain behaviours on the blog at some point.

Those Autistics, learning disabled and that have a mental illness who do get to be speakers don’t cover the whole details of behaviour and misconception explaining because they are not chosen from a wide enough background. A vast amount of these individuals have parents within a certain class or are children of professionals. Those individuals are more likely to be refined and have less trouble in regards to their autistic traits, mental illness symptoms or learning disabilities. Their parents can afford the extra help for them, while the rest of them rely on an ever increasingly stretched NHS. Those individuals get earlier diagnoses as children and the early intervention needed before aspects of their condition gets etched into their personality by the time that they reach adulthood. I’m a great believer in ‘keeping it real’ and I believe that those kinds of speakers aren’t a proper representation of the majority of those that struggle to live with these types of conditions. We need a wide range of opinions shared, rather than those that have been successful due to having professional and most elite parents (mostly how they get to be speakers).

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