I've probably had to work harder in 16 years than some people do their whole lives. But it's all worth it because, though I'm autistic, it no longer defines who I am.
To the other autistics out there, I know you can become empowered as well. Give your brain the right tools to reconfigure its hardware. You'll become a brilliant brain engineer who might one day invent replacement brains for autistics, the kind that really could be sold at computer stores. But only if the autistics want a new brain. They might be perfectly happy with what they have. After years of hard work, I am.