There are so many myths about autism out there, so many that are still fully believed and spread around. Even during Autism Awareness Month, these myths spread like wildfire with well-meaning posts describing us as something we are not, grouping us all together with stereotypes and perpetuating harmful stigmas.
Since I first went for my diagnosis as a young girl, I was told I must not be autistic because I wanted to make friends. That reflects something so many people believe — that Autistic people aren’t social.
We are all meant to be introverted recluses that hate people and have no friends. This myth isn’t just wrong, it’s hurtful — not just to Autistic adults like me, but to brave mums and dads of newly diagnosed children.