I’m at the gym while typing this entry so it’s going to not be very long. I’m also illustrating that I’m not lazy. I’m exercising with my legs and typing with my hands. Surely this means I’m burning more calories??? Well, back to what I came on to talk about on here. It never ends well when I end up in local group discussions. I have taken a comment to heart that I feel I must write an entry on. I don’t like this negative attitude towards people who don’t work for whatever reason. Yes, there are others that do work with various health issues. Autism was the thing that came up in this conversation. Their ‘friends autistics kids’ work. That doesn’t mean every person who is autistic can work. I could probably a percentage of the time but then if something happens which results in me getting asked to leave or my energy levels drop to the point I literally can’t get out of bed… it’s a stressful task to get benefits back as you have to be medically signed off sick by a doctor etc. Sounds easy enough, but in our system it can be extremely difficult and in my case that could be a never ending circle as I’m not provided with the appropriate support. I struggle in every day life not working. I simply carry on because I have to do so. I can reduce socialising to an absolute minimum but things need doing so I can’t avoid that aspect of life completely. I can’t trust people after what they’ve done to me. I have a slight phobia… which sounds ridiculous but if I explain what I’ve been through it makes sense.
One response to “I’m so fed up of other peoples assumptions!”
I know a lot of autistic people who work. I know at least as many who worked: past tense. Autistic people tend to burn out because the workplace has become such a chronically unhealthy place to be; autistic people are simply the personality type furthest removed from those who find the modern workplace to be any sort of “ideal”, the Type A Personality. It’s not just that a workplace created in their image is bad for everyone who isn’t the dreaded Type A: again, just like the Type A Personality, nothing useful is ever really accomplished in such an environment; at best, it’s all showy bluster that looks good in a snappy FT or WSJ soundbite but is ultimately pointless. Which reveals the whole “hardworking” rhetoric to be the sham that it is. Contrary to the worn-out assertion, there is no failure of autistic people to “hardwork”, it’s a failure of society to value people as anything other than replaceable units of production; or “human resources” as they’re officially called.