Autism Advocacy Network

Q & A’s

Q: What is autism?

A: Autism is a developmental difference that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

Q: Why do people want to be called autistic instead of person with autism?

A: Some people feel that the term “person with autism” implies that there is something wrong with them and that they are not really a person. They prefer to be called autistic because it is simply a description of their condition and does not carry the same negative connotations.

Q: What is neurodiversity?

A: Neurodiversity is the idea that there is a natural variation in the human brain, and that this should be respected and celebrated, just like any other form of diversity.

Q: Who is neurodivergent?

A: Neurodivergent people are those who fall outside of the “neurotypical” brain structure. This includes people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other differences.

Q: How can I help autistics?

A: The best way to help autistics is to accept them for who they are and to try to understand their perspective. It is also important to be patient and to avoid making assumptions about what they can or cannot do.

Q: Can girls be autistic?

A: Yes, girls can have autism. In fact, autism is about four times more diagnosed in boys than in girls. Autistic women are more likely to be diagnosed later in life.

Q: How can I help autistics be included?

A: The best way to help autistics be included is to educate yourself and others about autism, and to advocate for the rights of autistic people. You can also write to your elected representatives so they might better support laws and programs that help with autistic inclusion.

Q: What is an autism advocacy network?

A: Autism advocacy networks are organizations and or platforms that work to support and empower autistic people. These networks can provide information and resources, connect autistic people with each other, and advocate for the rights of autistic people.