I honestly think it’s to be said, that just because you have a disability, whether autism or something else, whether diagnosed professionally or self diagnosed, it’s important to not invalidate yourself. Your experiences are valid. You’re not attention seeking or getting special privileges, and all. and even if you do get accommodations, or all, it’s more like something that needs to be normalized. — I like to say, I’m a person first, I just also happen to be autistic. Not I’m a person with or I’m an autistic person. – Stuff like , letting us describe ourselves, is a good way to help let us be our own advocates. – also i think distinctions like that, can be useful to remind others not to make us feel dehumanized , by only referring to a specific aspect of us.