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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autistic with Cancer: Six Tips for Navigating the Medical System

Anne Borden
twitter.com/againstcures
I’m currently going through breast cancer treatment, and have encountered barriers to accessing accommodations while autistic. Based on my experience, I wrote this article to help autistics and other neurodivergent (ND) folks navigate the medical system. In this article I cover both sensory and communication issues, with strategies that have worked for me and other ND cancer patients I’ve talked to. I’ve also included some scripts. I hope it can be helpful in some way!
Background

There is very little accurate information available to help health providers understand and support autistic communication and sensory experiences. As a result, autistic patients are left to navigate a system that often misunderstands and mistreats us. It’s difficult. In fact, some autistics do not even seek medical care when it’s needed, due to such institutional barriers.
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Source: THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autistic with Cancer: Six Tips for Navigating the Medical System



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