What not to say

“I would never have known; you don’t look autistic.”

“Are you sure you have autism? You just need to learn to relax – smile, life’s not that bad. God is in control!”

“My “nephew has autism and you’re not like him at all. You’re really high-functioning.”

“I think you mean ‘a person with autism.’ Saying ‘autistic’ is offensive.”

“It’s inspiring that you’re overcoming your autism. You can beat this! You can do all things through Christ.”

“Well, I guess we’re all a little autistic, right?”

From  “On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity” by Daniel Bowman Jr.