These are my 4 surveys for the Autistic Passing Project which is an art project I'm doing as a Creative Writing practicum in school. My goal is to collect writing from Autistic people about their experiences of camouflaging the fact that they are Autistic, or their attempts to do so; I will then sample pieces of the writing to make a textual and visual collage portraying the Autistic Passing experience.
APP 1: Background Diagnosis and Identity, Beginnings, Mechanics of Passing
APP 2: Intersectionality, Other Kinds of Difference, Passing in Different Environments
APP 3: Drawbacks of Passing, General Questions, Advantages of Passing
APP 4: Autistic Identification
To explain why I'm doing this: I'm Autistic, of course, and passing or not passing has been a huge theme in my life although I've only understood recently how huge it has been. Appearing more like a non-Autistic person is often presented to a young Autistic person by parents, teachers, doctors, and peers as being similar to eating your vegetables--an inherently positive act. There is very little acknowledgment that meeting these goals could be seen as lying or hiding, or could feel artificial to the Autistic person. Often professionals believe that passing as non-Autistic is the same as success; this is my major motivation for doing a survey, because this belief has not been backed up by Autistic people’s testimony.
If you are supportive of my project, please post about this on your own blog or anywhere else so I can get more participants in my survey.
I'd super very much appreciate it if, upon noticing any technical problems in the survey (for example, if the URL at the end of Part 1 is not the URL of Part 2), you would inform of this through an email, comment, tumblr reblog, etc.