I can tell you this with near-certainty: Everything you think you know about autism and empathy is a lie.
"Lacking empathy" oversimplifies and distorts the truth. Autistic people have a much more complicated relationship with empathy than a simple two-word phrase can describe. Some of us claim that we have too much empathy. Others say that no, we truly are deficient in empathy. Who is right?
Let's look at empathy deficiency first. It doesn't mean what you think it means.
When Audrey integrates a conversation function with respect to pizza, you know things just got complicated.
When empathy is hard
Empathy is hard for me. So is algorithm analysis. (I don't like that class. It's a lot of homework.) And honestly, the cognitive load involved here can feel kind of similar.
It's time to share a quote from Cynthia Kim, a writer who is brilliant at explaini