“Just to let you know, I didn’t know your son was on the spectrum, Mrs. Smith,” says a teacher with a smile after eight days in the classroom with her son. The comment was intended to be positive. An indication of normalcy. Applause for a job well done.
NT citizenship is not the holy grail for aspies and auties. Or, their parents. Functionality, happiness, and even acceptance (gasp) are far more goal-worthy.
If a teacher cannot spot ASD, it likely indicates ignorance more than anything else.
On my behalf, I’d like a passport in the world of ASD. Sometimes, I feel like I have been given one — especially, when I hear “compliments” of that nature. Mostly, though, I stand on the border, making it my job to make those trips from the land of ASD to the planet of NT as comfortable as I can.