We are expected to socialise in the same way that our neurotypical peers do, despite our brains being anything but. And, while many typical folk share common perceptions of the world, friendship and communication and can easily pick up on non-verbal cues, the thought of all that may seem almost alien to someone who’s neurodivergent. This leads us to becoming outcast, bullied and led astray. 43% of autistic teenagers never interact with peers outside of school, 54% of them have never received phone calls, texts or unplanned communication, and 50% have never been invited to a party or activity. We’re left without sidekicks, without people to call our own. The school years
, when communication is forced upon us, are without a doubt the hardest.