Recent CDC data shows just how many people — especially Black and Latinx individuals — live undiagnosed with autism until much later in life.
Unlike Emily, Tim (@blackautisticking) has known he was autistic since he was 5 years old. In his video, Tim says that growing up he had some "issues" with his social skills but learned to accept himself thanks to "love and compassion" from his family and friends.
User @autistickfigures says she went undiagnosed with autism until later in life, despite the many signs she displayed as a child, such as being "very particular" about certain procedures in her life and "constantly picking" at her skin.
@eizawolfe shared the difficult path she had to take for her to receive an autism diagnosis. Because her insurance wouldn't cover the diagnosis, she ended up going through Embrace ASD, an outside clinic.
Some videos, like this one from @kerrymagro, focus on all the ways people can overcome society's expectations of autistic individuals. He explains how his childhood development may have felt delayed but he quickly accelerated later in life and became an author at only 25.