The adage “to thine own self be true,” has never actually been truer than it is today. With the world and social gatherings opening up at increasing speeds, it’s important to take this transition at your own pace. That requires understanding your boundaries and communicating them with confidence. This has always been true for those on the spectrum, but is now uniquely prevalent. Alongside autistic individuals, loved ones and professionals will be facing unique challenges relearning how to overcome obstacles and adapt to change.
We know that the question of “who am I?” and “how will others react to me” are particularly present in the minds of those on the spectrum and their families. It remains the unfortunate truth that disabilities and mental health are especially stigmatized and misunderstood. Many in society have yet to grasp that a widely understood “normal” for everyone is far different than the diversity of lived experiences.
This is what the #ActuallyAutistic movement on social media is trying to portray and it is also why this Intercare July Newsletter is focusing on the theme of “identity.” In addition to exploring the spectrum of low and high functioning diagnosis, we’ll be discussing the current dialogue around Autism terminology such as “individual with autism.” It is my hope that with better understanding we can all forge stronger and healthier relationships between educators, health care professionals, family members, self-advocates, and the wider world.
In this time of transition, I want to reach out with this reminder: Intercare is continuing to extend our telehealth offerings and innovate our technologies. In this way, it is my hope that we can best navigate out of pandemic era uncertainties together.
And remember, each month, we’ll be sharing this newsletter with our staff and community to help keep you connected to all things Intercare. If you want more updates like this one delivered to your inbox, please subscribe to the newsletter and be sure to share with other members of the Intercare community.
I always welcome feedback and love hearing from you. If you want to reach out about the newsletter or any other Autism related matter, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arnon "Noni" Heller Psy.D.