Stigma is a horrible and a harmful thing. If you are seen as different, people can be rude, unwelcoming or just downright cruel. If you have a child who experiences Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) I’m sure you would have experienced some level of stigma in your lives. You have likely been through a time when you and your child have been judged, ridiculed, criticized and even ostracized. This type of behavior can be extremely hurtful. Over time it can cause depression, shame and impact self-esteem and confidence.