A poem I wrote once about being on the spectrum…and early diagnosis

NAS poster(poster I designed, displayed at NAS Autism & Participation Conference 28th January 2014)

Autism from the inside view

When you see life through your own set of glasses
When your soul exists worlds apart
Your senses too keen, fragile and shattered
Confusion, is merely the start

***

The world assaults you from all sides
Why are others not also the same
Why are you different, why do you not fit
Why is it you, that others blame

***

You feel like a snail needing it’s shell
You feel like everything’s wrong
People don’t make sense to you
So you sing the saddest song

***

Your anger may rise, your fear overwhelm
Your tears fall unrecognised
Where is the world that for you would be home
Where is that place, that yourself would be prized

***

Hiding away becomes easy, when understanding is none
Encounters with others a trial
Your words feel like those from a foreign shore
And you feel from others such bile

***

You want order and control in this world of chaos
You want others to accept and be aware
But we are the minority in this place
And the majority don’t seem to care

OK, it speaks of the more negative outlook I know, it’s not all doom and gloom, but this is the reality for many people on the spectrum, and this is why it’s so important that early identification and diagnosis is provided for people, because as the following link shows, outcomes for adults who receive late diagnoses are poor: http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/articles/very_late_diagnosis_of_asperger_syndrome and http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/ds/education/theautismcentre/docs/ASPECT%20Consultancy%20report.pdf.

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