A manifesto for Aspergers Syndrome.

Note: before you read this, I wrote this from my viewpoint of having Aspergers Syndrome. I did not take the potential impact on board, as this was intended as a creative piece.
At the end of last year, as I finally began to finish my daily posting challenge, I was researching how I could make this blog better. One of the suggested posts that was voted for was “A manifesto for Autism”.
You see, I think we are… misunderstood. So: what would you do, theoretically, if you could change the world?

Employment: 

First: interviews could change. Seriously.
I dread going to interviews, and would rather be one of the interviewers, in line with the industry I am currently training for. But, these are full of social cues, open ended questions (which I don’t understand), which may not necessarily trip up someone who is neurotypical.
And: traits that are attributed to being on spectrum could be so useful once employed. And I mean in the sense of tailoring these traits.
Why have someone on spectrum as a volunteer dog trainer, when they have a degree, and significant experience, in law? (Scenario that I saw on Television once.) The person in question was brilliant at law-and I cannot understand why he was not put into a relevant job. (The rejection letter said they could not support him, due to being on spectrum. *sighs*)
These skills could lead to great amounts of innovation. And besides, why would an employer wish not to gain that?

Education:

Better provisions need to be made. Teachers could do with more training, and questions could be better phrased in exams.
A teacher I had once said in front of my class “Have you met someone with Aspergers? They’re a bit cold and a bit weird”. I think that he could have been trained to understand my learning needs, and Aspergers-and although this remark was not directed at me, I still found it offensive.
As to exams: they need to be changed. In education, we wish for everyone to do their best, right? Well, the way an exam is phrased can be a brick against that-as questions are phrased for their to be a line of reasoning, rather than a ‘tick box’ style. My learning support tried to help me understand them better, but not all teachers understood, or tried to help. (Why disadvantage a whole demographic?)
The system is based on the majority passing, but why should it not be possible for everyone who works hard to pass?

Life:

I would like for Anti-Vaxxers to be challenged more openly. Oh, and the claim that “Autistic children just need to be disciplined properly” also.

Representation:

In popular media, people on Spectrum are sometimes portrayed negatively, inaccurately, or are the ‘butt of the joke’ in the script set up. Why can we not have a proper series, where Aspergers/Autism is portrayed as not being a bad thing, with accuracy?

Medical:

Diagnosis. Yeah, about that… I will probably devote another post to it, but some parts of the assessment I had to undergo I was not happy with. (Although it got me the label I obviously had, sometimes I was frustrated throughout the assessment. E.g being told to keep looking at a flip card of faces, to identify the emotions on the faces, when I had already said I can’t. ) I think that some changes could be made.
I have been privileged to work with people on spectrum-such as through my blog-and I am ultimately grateful to have met the people I have met. The large majority are some of the nicest, kindest people I could have hoped to meet.

Lydia XO