I count myself very fortunate as an autistic person that my routines have not changed at all because of the pandemic.

I live in a very rural, isolated area, and all of the work that I have done for the last 3 years has been online.

I did not consciously adopt that lifestyle because I am autistic. But I think I accepted it easily because I am autistic.

Now that the pandemic has struck, other people’s lifestyles seem to be more in line with mine.

I’m okay, because almost nothing has changed for me personally. I still feel stressed, because I worry about the people I care about and love.

So, sure I have some anxiety going on like everybody else. But quarantine and physical distancing aren’t what’s doing it to me.

I’m glad you wrote this article, because it really lays out the diversity of the experiences autistic people are having in response to the crisis.


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