FOR PROFESSIONALS – MEET US WHERE WE ARE
Many project their culture onto ours, where no listening or respect is violating my child's rights or their vital connection with their Parent/Carer.
There's too much to explain in individual interactions with others, especially professionals who engage with my child, causing unnecessary anxieties for us both.
We don't expect others to know how to be with us or what we expect of them, so we need to communicate what we need to be okay.
Our Autistic Culture ~ Working with Professionals is a "handout" designed to assist reducing my anxieties when working with professionals who are engaging with my child.
Professionals are to be informed I am my child's Responsive Caregiver, Assistant and disability aid.
We radically embrace our neurodiversity, trusting and believing in ourselves, free to live as who we are.
We are aware that a professional who doesn't embrace our radical acceptance of our autistic neurology and culture can be a dangerous choice for us.
Professionals can red-flag us to Human Services if we don't agree, do what they tell us. Or dismiss, discount and disarm us further disabling us, an approach that erodes at the very core of our good sense of self, mental health and wellbeing.
Our lived experiences as autistics and choices are to be respected.
Informing our professionals how we like to be treated is one way to ascertain if a professional, service or program the right match for us. If not, all is well, we kindly pass them by to find the right professional for our families diverse needs.