I'm autistic. And I don't believe in "high" or "low" functioning. Those are just labels for the degree of visibility of the condition and really have nothing to do with how the autistic person actually is.
Anyway, I've been casually dating this really great guy and I'm afraid to bring up my autism. It significantly affects my life, but I'm worried that there are stereotypes about autism that would make my boy think a) I can never be part of a truly meaningful relationship, b) I'm emotionally stunted, c) I'd be more of a responsibility than a partner, d) I'm not suited for romance or sexuality or e) some other negative assumption.
Thoughts? Has society given you a specific idea of what an autistic person is like, and do you find that this gives you preconceived notions about all autistic people? Should I just avoid the topic all together, even though I feel like it's a significant part of who I am?
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The magic of a beginning relationship is the getting to know each other stage by all means let him know he may already know.
And you absolutely should speak on this subject it as you said a significant part of who you are. Yet at the same time I can tell you choose to not let Autism define you.
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