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Autistic Health - Josh W.

WHEN MANY THINK OF AUTISM, THEY THINK OF THE BRAIN. OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND MISUNDERSTOOD IS THE BODY. MY BRAIN AND BODY DON'T REALLY COMMUNICATE WELL. I WANT MY BODY TO DO LOTS OF THINGS BUT IT RARELY COOPERATES. THAT IS VERY FRUSTRATING.

IT'S NOT JUST THIS DISCONNECTION THAT IS MISUNDERSTOOD BUT ALSO OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS. FOR MOST OF MY LIFE I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE ABOUT MY BODIES ACHES, PAINS, OR CRAMPS. THANKFULLY MY MOM IS VERY INTUITIVE AND MANAGED MY HEALTH WELL. I AM ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. MOST AUTISTIC HEALTH PROBLEMS GO UNTREATED AND UNDIAGNOSED. MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN MAKE SYSTEMIC CHANGES TO PROMOTE BETTER CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THIS MUST ALSO ACCOMPANY THE PRESUMPTION OF COMPETENCE AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION. TOGETHER WE CAN BE THE CHANGE.

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