10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Autism

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It’s an unfortunate reality that mental illness and neuro-developmental conditions are often much less respected and validated than physical illnesses for the simple reason that they can’t be seen or diagnosed with a screening or a blood test.  However, what many people don’t realize is that these “invisible” disabilities can be as debilitating as physical disability.

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Autistic Characters in Television

I love Grey’s Anatomy as much as the next person, but I stopped watching sometime in 2012, around the time of the plane crash – if you watch, you know what I’m talking about. But just recently, I decided to start rewatching the show, and since I now have an autism diagnosis, I was excited when autistic character Dr. Virginia Dixon came to Seattle Grace in season 5. Dr. Dixon has ASD, but it’s not explicitly said until the end of the episode. In fact, before we even meet her, Dr. Webber says that she’s “a bit off.” His comment didn’t bother me all that much, but what really got me (and what was honestly super cringey) was just how autistic Dr. Dixon really was.

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

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This is one of the most controversial topics concerning parents and the autism community. People have been opting out of vaccinating their children for years now, and it’s starting to catch up with them: there have been six recent cases of the measles in Texas alone.[1] While the decision of whether or not to vaccinate your children is ultimately a personal decision, it has now begun to affect other people very negatively, which makes it a much bigger issue.

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