You may have heard the saying, “If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person,” which is meant to emphasize how unique each autistic person is. (In less benign cases, it is sometimes used to shut down criticism about a type of autism therapy or treatment – the autism equivalent of Y’ALL DON’T EVEN KNOW ME.) (Also I know this saying is often worded in person first language but I can’t bring myself to write it that way.) Aside from the fact that I find this a weird saying to begin with (EVERY person is unique, why would anyone expect all autistic people to be exactly the same?), I always want to change the ending. Why just meet one autistic person? If you only know one autistic person, you’re missing out – I know lots, and they are some of the coolest people I know.
So I rewrote the saying and turned it into a design for my Redbubble shop: “We’re Pretty Awesome.” This one is perfect for autistic people to sport on a t-shirt, phone case, or notebook. Clicking on the image below will take you to those products.
Image has the text “If you’ve met one autistic person… You should meet some more, we’re pretty awesome.” Below that is a cartoon smiling face inside of a box.
Then I also made one for allies, the people who are not autistic themselves but know just how awesome we are: “They’re Pretty Awesome.” Once again click the picture to see the swag.
Image has the text “If you’ve met one autistic person… You should meet some more, they’re pretty awesome.” Below that is a cartoon smiling face inside of a box.