List of Possible Ways that an Autistic Person “Passes”

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I’ve been told that I don’t look autistic.

These are the possible ways that I “pass”:

  • Memorize the rules of socializing
  • Wear the right clothes
  • Learn facial expressions
  • Learn about other social cues
  • Correct facial expressions
  • Suppress non-universal body language or facial expressions
  • Suppress other autism symptoms such as fidgeting that looks abnormal
  • Avoid wearing hearing protection. It’s possible to have effective ear plugs that are discreet. You can try ordering them online or get them custom fitted
  • Avoid other accommodations
  • Avoid discussing about sensory overload
  • Not asking enough questions because it may seem excessive to do so
  • Avoid disclosing about my autism and other challenges
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