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How We’re Treated

From the Realistic Autistic, Reading Implicit Attitudes:

This discovery can essentially be summarized as: “In general, and without better knowledge, people think other people deserve how others treat them.”  So, if a family with an autistic child attends a family function, but the people around them already know their kid sometimes acts strangely or “misbehaves,” they may avoid that family, and others will notice and assume that family is somehow unpleasant, standoffish, or deserving of that avoidance.  Same goes for an autistic employee at a work party, church function, or other gathering.