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Autistic Identity Disorder ?


Back to Normality by Donna Williams

Back to Normality by Donna Williams

A. A strong and persistent identification with the condition of autism (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being someone with the condition). Manifested by four (or more) of the following:

1. repeatedly stated desire to be, or insistence that he or she is, the condition itself: ie “I AM Autism”.
2. preference for stereotypically ‘autistic’ appearance and behaviors.
3. strong and persistent preferences for indulgence in perceived ‘autistic’ experiences, or persistent fantasies of being autistic.
4. intense desire to participate in the stereotypical pastimes associated with autism.
5. strong preference for playmates who either have autism or at least identify as ‘Autistics’ to the exclusion of those perceived as ‘Neuro-typical’.

B. Persistent discomfort with person-first identification (ie: aversive to being a PERSON with autism).

C. A sense of inappropriateness in adhering to behaviors deemed typically human.

D. General discomfort with any reference to disorder or treatment.

E. The identification as autistic is independent of any necessary formal diagnosis of autism and may occur with or without narcissistic grandiosity.

F. Some may imagine being highly unique/special, or imagine having exceptional abilities, super powers, being a new species, or cultural superiority. Compulsive projection of autistic identity onto famous high achievers is not uncommon.

NOTE: this is parody.

Donna Williams, BA Hons, Dip Ed.
Author, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter.
Autism consultant and public speaker.


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