Why are Autistic adults still seen as invisible?

Why does all the talk about “adult” Autism, only mention or focus on or talk about kids in their teens? Or early twenties? We grownups on the spectrum are not invisible. We’re here. I realize we are not very profitable. But we are here!


One thought on “Why are Autistic adults still seen as invisible?

  1. You’re right in saying that once you hit a certain age, the support dries up. You tell people you are autistic or Asperger’s and they just don’t know what to do with you. I have certainly experienced this when I entered the world of work age 19. In the early years I was undermined because staff and managers assumed I was incapable without being given a fair chance. In all my twelve years in that job I was never promoted.

    I believe the answer to you question is that because the exact symptoms vary from one individual to another, autism is hard to identify, and its harder to know exactly what support people need. One types of support that would help just about anyone on the spectrum is in social skills. It needs to be done in a way that those on the spectrum relate to (i.e. not assuming any social intuition to start with) and from people who are socially savvy themselves but can act as a bridge between a socially skilled neurotypical and an aspie.

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