Sam: Thank you for being here, Rudy. It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to get to know you and to learn more about your recent works and projects. Your well-received Aspergirls was one of the first books I picked up, years ago, before I came to terms with the fact that I am on the autism spectrum. Before we begin, can you please tell me how you refer to yourself as an individual on the autism spectrum? For myself, I am comfortable with many terms, autistic, Aspergerian, Aspie, and neurodivergent. What is your personal preference, if you don’t mind me asking.
Rudy: Aspie. On the autism spectrum. Autiste (in France). And of course, Aspergirl.
Sam: Rudy, I understand you were also diagnosed later on in life, like myself. When did you first suspect you were on the autism spectrum? Were there any major signs?
Rudy: It was one of those backwards unravelings. I was reading my first AS book by Maxine Aston and her paragraphs on women were hitting a nerve. Then I saw “Mozart and the Whale” and related to the female character. Little by little, as I was interviewing people for my 2nd book, I become more and more aware, but just under the surface, a truth I didn’t want to utter for fear of sounding ridiculous, or making something real that wasn’t. Finally, it could no longer be denied, and I had to proclaim it out loud. I think the first person I told was my boyfriend, then family members one by one. Most of the ridiculed the idea at first, but I knew what I knew. I experienced the same tidal wave of memories, emotions and realizations that we all have in this situation. A big “holy sh-t” moment.
Of course there were major signs throughout my life. Too many to list here.
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Reprinted from Everyday Aspie August 2016