My church let me put together a Children’s story about autism acceptance for April
Hello my name is **** and I am autistic.
Do you guys know what autistic means?
Have you know when you say the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time?
Autistic people do that a lot.
Have you ever said something and everyone looks at you like you’re from a foreign planet?
Autistic people get that a lot.
Have you ever felt like you are not very good at talking to people and you get nervous when you are around a lot of people?
Autistic people feel like that all the time.
Autistic people have more in common with everybody else than they have differences.
I am autistic and I like to have friends, hang out, have fun. I have hopes and dreams and fears and most of what I do is what everyone else does.
When people find out I am autistic they sometimes ask me if I ever had to take “special classes”.
And I tell them yes, I was mostly in honors and advanced placement classes in school.
When people find out I am autistic sometimes they ask if I’ve ever hurt anyone.
And I tell them I punched a girl once in 6th grade and although she was being really mean, violence is never the right answer and I still feel really bad about that.
When people find out I’m autistic from my mom they sometimes totally ignore me and think I can’t speak for myself.
And I speak up when people treat me like this.
If someone is different that doesn’t mean they are less.
April, this month is autism acceptance month.
Autism speaks is an organization that sees different as less and promotes “autism awareness” and a Cure for autism.
Mozart, Bill Gates, Beethoven, Sir Isaac Newton, Emily Dickinson, Henry Ford and Thomas Jefferson were all 100% autistic and because they could see the world in a way others could not the world is a better place. These people did not need a cure.
Microsoft is a company that specifically tries to hire people with autism. This is because most autistic people seem to have a natural talent for working with computers. This is probably because this is a job that needs little to no social skills and you have to be able to picture things and remember hundreds of computer commands, which autistic people are really good at. I have been a blogger for less than a year and have almost 3,000 followers. Silicon Valley, where most of our computer chips are made, 90% of all these people are autistic, why? Because they are super smart!
Autism does not need a cure, we need to cure people of ignorance.
It’s true that autism makes life hard. I think in pictures and most people think in words, so I have trouble communicating sometimes.
My senses are 10 times more sensitive than the average person because of my autism. All the lights are too bright, the food is too sweet and I don’t want you to shake my hand or hug me because then I will smell your laundry detergent, soap, perfume or cologne on me for the rest of the day, which is overwhelming for me.
I don’t understand how to lie. I am completely gender and color blind, I value education, intelligence and I am a unique, quirky, and super intelligent. I am this way because of my autism.
My brain is wired a bit differently, and that is o.k. I don’t need or want a cure, I want I little patience, understanding and I want to be treated like a human being with kindness and respect.
Here at our church we accept all people of all gender, orientation and autism spectrums.
Happy Autism acceptance month!