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‘I Thought I Was Lazy’: The Invisible Day-To-Day Struggle For Autistic Women

Reese Piper
Nov 30, 2017 · 10 min read
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Adapting to daily life is not often factored into the diagnostic process for autism. It should be.

RRushing off the subway platform, I race through the crowded streets to try to make lunch with my friend. I’ve canceled on her twice this week, something she isn’t exactly thrilled about. As I cross an intersection, my foot catches the curb and I tumble to the ground, my phone smashing into the busy street. Grabbing it quickly, my daily reminders flash through the cracked screen — wash dishes, clean room, buy tampons, email manager.

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I live in a constant state of disorder.

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‘The stereotype with autism, women including, is that they are really neat and tidy.’

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