Yes so much yes. Yet again you eloquently express things that are percolating in my head too.
Yes as being in that same period of knowing i am autistic after a lifetime of knowing somehow deeply that I was different. But only in reasonably recent history understanding what that differrence is.
Yes, as where is that experienced elder, that willing mentor to take me under their wing and teach me.
Yes as I am willing and ready to contribute, to advocate, but sometimes I am not sure of those rules and stuff.
Yes I want a seat at the table too, yes I know I must do my time and learn the ropes but I am looking and not finding the way in.
Yes so much yes.