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The good the bad and the ugly of dealing with autism

Dealing with autism can have both positive and challenging aspects:

The Good:

  1. Unique Perspectives: Individuals with autism often have unique ways of thinking and perceiving the world, which can lead to creative problem-solving and unique talents.
  2. Strengths and Abilities: Many individuals with autism have strengths in areas like mathematics, music, art, and technology.
  3. Advocacy and Awareness: Autism advocacy has grown, leading to increased awareness, research, and support for those with autism.
  4. Neurodiversity: Promotes the idea that neurological differences are a natural part of human diversity.

The Bad:

  1. Social Challenges: Difficulty with social interactions and communication can lead to feelings of isolation and exclusion.
  2. Sensory Sensitivities: Many individuals with autism have heightened sensitivities to sensory stimuli, making everyday environments overwhelming.
  3. Limited Access to Services: Access to quality services and support can be limited, particularly in some regions.
  4. Stigma: Misunderstanding and stigma around autism can lead to discrimination and negative stereotypes.

The Ugly:

  1. Bullying and Discrimination: Some individuals with autism experience bullying and discrimination, which can have serious negative consequences.
  2. Co-occurring Conditions: Many individuals with autism also face co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression, or epilepsy, adding to the challenges they must manage.
  3. Financial Strain: The cost of therapy and support services can be a significant burden for families.
  4. Gaps in Support: There are still gaps in support, education, and employment opportunities for individuals with autism.

It's important to recognize and address both the positive and challenging aspects of dealing with autism to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum.


  • This was very insightful, Vero. 👏

  • Thank you for sharing. Everyday i keep learning something new on Autism. This shows we should always seek to know more and more cause no one can truly say that we've exhausted all avenues of learning.