I am tired.
I am tired of proving my humanity.
I am tired of explaining to you why you shouldn’t treat your autistic kids like a zoo exhibit.
I am tired of hearing parents whine about what it’s like to care for an autistic kid.
I am tired of hearing how I should be more understanding and what about my parents – don’t I know that I probably made them want to kill themselves too?
I am tired of being mocked because I misunderstood.
I am tired of being insulted because I’m “lazy” for choosing a job that allows me to still be able to function at the end of the day, rather one that sends me into a panicked meltdown every day, even if I’m “wasting” my intelligence and college degree.
Forgive me if I’m not empathetic enough. Forgive me if I can’t be nice while you dehumanize me.
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