Why I want to be called Aspie
Evening Folks! Why I want to be called Aspie is my first post in a while. I’ve been struggling with writers block the past few weeks. What can I blog about? What can I share about my own experiences?
Then I saw a fellow blogger completing a blogging challenge and knew it would help!
So my first topic is to talk about the name of my blog. Aspie Miss.
Aspie and Proud!
My name is very simple. I describe myself as an Aspie because I am. I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (still a term used here in the U.K.) in 2012 at the age of 29.
So why Aspie? I prefer the term Aspie because I prefer to say I’m an aspie rather than I have Aspergers Syndrome. Or I’m living with Aspergers (like its a small pet I carry round with me!).
If I say I have a ‘syndrome’, people who have never come across Autism assume I’m sick or have an illness. As we all know, Autism isn’t an illness to pity or cure. It’s part of who I am.
I can’t remember NOT being an Aspie as I’ve been an Aspie all my life.
I don’t know how neurotypicals think or experience things as I’ve never been neurotypical. This is one thing that people don’t seem to understand about Autism. Asking me to be normal is asking me to pretend, which if I had to do all day, would be exhausting.
I am glad to get the chance to explain myself as I know that how to refer to people on the spectrum can be a a touchy subject. In fact, not so long ago I had a chat with a pupil who felt that the term Aspie was a negative way to talk about someone who has Asperger’s. I guess my hope is that we should all be able to refer to ourselves how we like.
We should be proud to be Aspies and shout it from the rooftops. Or maybe I should just have this on my desk?
Phew! That’s the reason I want to be called Aspie. Now why Miss?
Two reasons really. Firstly, I am a Miss. As in I’m not yet married. I live with my boyfriend and who knows maybe one day I’ll be a Mrs. Then I’ll have to change my blog name!
Secondly I’m a teacher. And anyone who knows anything about teaching, knows that it doesn’t matter if you are really a Miss or a Mrs, if you’re a female teacher you’ll always be called Miss by your pupils. Or Mum! and yes that happens more than you think!
So I’d love to hear from you how you describe yourself or your loved one. Or is there a phrase that you really hate? Or do you want to be called Aspie yourself?
P.S. If you’d like to know more about different labels and what the differences are between Asperger’s and other spectrum disorders, then check out this page from the national autistic society http://www.autism.org.uk/labels