Same, except I'm not so sure how well I can pass. Trying to pass only wears me out, and clinical depression makes it even harder for me. That being said, there are no obvious physical markers that I am autistic, and not even any visual shorthand, except for the already initiated.
It still blows people's minds that autistic people process information differently, including sensory information. You'd think that would be obvious by now, but nothing's obvious. Maybe they aren't sure exactly how different things are for us. I'm not even sure how different they are, and it's shoved in my face all the time.
I think in order for people to see disability, they have to see really really painfully obvious signs of disability, or at least a good visual shorthand. There really isn't one for autism, or at least there isn't one that can't be explained away by other stuff.
Could be, but I suspect that they will find that something like 20-50% of the population has subclincal autism symptoms. When that happens, the assholes will just assume that severely autistic people just have mild autistic traits but no willpower
Hopefully. There is certainly more of a conversation now than there was, even though there's still a ways to go. I'll take any media depiction, as long as it's reasonably accurate, not pejorative, and not a plot device. However, I've been burned on this before, so I'm still bracing for the possibility of a really cringeworthy autistic character, even though with Julia I have no reason to be.