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    Hi I'm a 17 year old girl going into 6th form. I would like to tell my friends that I have Autism but I'm afraid of getting rejected and I don't know how to tell (or to even tell them at all). It might be useful for someone to know but if it gets around my school I could get bullied or taken advantage of (its happened before). So how should I go about it and is anyone else in the same situation?
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    You can tell anyone about it, but never ever use it as an excuse. Just ride out the idiots that put you down for not being social enough, and be close to the people who understand.
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    It depends what you want them to know. For example, I had to tell one of my friends last year after a misunderstanding over something. I apologised to him and then explained. As above, I didn't make it out to be an excuse. I used it as an explanation as to what happened did.
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    I have autism and I like people to know in case I ever say or do something where, if they didn't know, they might judge me more harshly. But they always seem to forget and get mad at me for things I really can't help (like ignoring them if they're mad/upset with me because I don't understand what I'm expected to do, or what I actually did in the first place). I don't use it as an excuse - but it's just really irritating when you've explained it to them, and they're choosing to ignore the fact that I seriously don't know what I did wrong, or what I'm expected to do to make things better.
 
 
 
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