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Autistic Medical Needs (Episode 14)

Autistic Medical Needs (Episode 14)

Trials and challenges of healthcare for Autistic people.
Listen to Autistic Podcast hosts discuss: Autistic Medical Needs
A: And yes, I am all with you on let's get medical professionals to be more informed. But while we're waiting, Autistic people have to learn to self-advocate and identify these issues.

In this episode of The Autistic Culture Podcast:

Matt and Angela get real, discussing the discrimination and marginalization Autistics face when seeking medical care. They share about the increased likelihood of dealing with sleep apnea, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disorders, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS, mast cell activation syndrome, fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, PCOS, Hashimotos, Lupus, and headaches…but a much reduced likelihood of getting the care that’s needed. 

The podcasts hosts emphasize that Autistic people often suffer from medical gaslighting and discrimination when seeking treatment. Doctors frequently dismiss or downplay their symptoms. Autistics may struggle to get medical providers to listen to them and understand them due to differences in communication styles. They advise bringing an ally to appointments when possible.

Matt: Because again, if you don't refer to the doctor as yes, yes, sir, yes, ma'am, doctor, this, this, then they're going to treat us poorly because they're going to dislike us and give us second tier treatment. And that sucks. That is discrimination.

Angela: Right.

Matt: And that discrimination leads to the poor diagnoses, leads to not listening to us, leads to dehumanizing us, because if we don't treat them like an authority, they won't treat us like a person. And of course they blame us for it.

Building accepting, informed medical practices and facilities run by and for Autistic people is a critical need which is why Matt is working to establish an culturally competent Autistic health center in his home-state of Kentucky.

They recommend Autistic adults self-educate on conditions affecting the community and learn how to self-advocate. Support groups to validate experiences and build resilience are also important for avoiding Autistic burnout.

The hosts aim to raise awareness of disproportionate health struggles faced by Autistics while affirming disability justice, neurodiversity, and Autistic pride. Accurate diagnosis and treatment are vital for quality of life. Fully including the perspectives of Autistic individuals is key to addressing systemic medical barriers and building acceptance.

This episode is a special tribute to an Autistic friend of the show who recently passed away, in part because of the difficulties Autistic people face in traditional medical institutions.

What’s your experience as an Autistic person in an allistic-centric healthcare system? Tell us about it in the comments!

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