Autism Advocacy Network

Autism: Broadening Social Norms

The social world can be a confusing and overwhelming place for people on the autism spectrum. There are an endless number of unwritten rules and social norms that most people learn through observation and experience. For people with autism, who may have difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues, these unwritten rules can be a real challenge. But why are social norms mandatory?

Thankfully, there is an increasing movement towards autism acceptance. This means that more and more people are becoming aware of the challenges that people on the autism spectrum face, and are working to make the world a more inclusive and accommodating place.

We can also be mindful of the way we interact with people on the autism spectrum, and be respectful of their individual needs and preferences.

We all know that person who is different. They march to the beat of their own drum and don’t quite seem to fit in with the rest of us. We may not know why they act the way they do, but we know that they are different. And, sometimes, that differences can be difficult to accept. So why be afraid of difference, diversity is part of the world as whole.

What if we looked at these differences as an opportunity to learn and grow? What if we saw them as a chance to broaden our own cultural norms?

While people with ASD may find it hard to conform to our “normal” way of doing things, we can learn a lot from them. Their different perspective can help us to see the world in a new light. And, by accepting and supporting people with ASD, we can create a more inclusive society for everyone.

What if we lived in a world where autism was the normal, and the expense of time to be normal was not expected?

We all have our own unique qualities and quirks that make us who we are, and that’s what makes life interesting! It can be easy to pass judgment on someone based on first impressions or initial reactions, but it’s important to remember that everyone is fighting their own battles and deserves to be respected for who they are.

We all have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that shape our individual worldviews, so it’s important to be open-minded and accepting of others even if they don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with us on everything. Life is too short to waste time on negativity and judging others – let’s focus on supporting and uplifting each other instead.

The dictionary defines “normal” as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.” But who wants to be usual, typical, or expected? That sounds boring.

Here’s why normal is boring:

  1. It’s safe.

Sure, safety is important. But do you really want to play it safe all the time? That’s no way to live.

  1. It’s not challenging.

If you’re not challenging yourself, you’re not growing. And what’s the point of living if you’re not growing and learning?

  1. It’s not unique.

Conforming to the norm makes you just like everyone else. But you’re not like everyone else. You’re unique. Embrace it.

  1. It’s not exciting.

Let’s face it: normal is just plain old boring. If you want excitement in your life, you have to seek it out.

So next time you’re tempted to do something because it’s “normal,” ask yourself if it’s really worth your time. Chances are, it’s not. So, broaden the idea of normal, by not conforming and enjoy being yourself.


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