Dear Goth,

I would like to submit something. I hope you don't mind? It's something I wrote on Facebook and thought you might like to share it for your readers.

“So . . . autism is a spectrum. Like the result of a prism splitting light into its different components, the invisible ones too. All we need to do is wear the correct shades to see the invisible spectrum. If we don't know how to make those shades, then we need someone who can. That person is known as an advocate.

Advocates are very rare for autistic people. They have a super power.

If they can't make the correct shades, then they do the impossible. They turn the prism inside us to shine the split light a different direction and try to filter a specific colour. This helps us try to focus on that specific task the colour might represent.

“Sometimes we get so overloaded we might even forget to eat or forget to consider that a close friend’s relative has recently died or fail to realise that we put on odd socks . . . so the advocate moves the prism so that we focus on one detail. They show us a big juicy burger, or remind us how to be mournful and sincere, or put the right pair of socks together for us.

“It might seem simple, as something you might be familiar with, putting on odd socks accidentally. And this is where it gets difficult for me to distinguish my disability from “normal” life. That’s because no matter how I try to explain it, I need an advocate to show you the invisible that I am desperate for you to understand.

“Mental illness is an invisible disability. What you might see, hear or feel is completely different from how we demonstrate, vocalise or touch. Don't judge. Try to help instead. Thanks for reading.”

Wolf Morningstar