You know what?
I’m going to speak out about this because it’s been pissing me off for years now. My brother, is my best friend. My brother also has been diagnosed and living with autism since he was a baby.
You know what I hate? The way people treat him, or any kid or adult with autism. Like they’re these uneducated creatures that lack human relations. Children with autism do not need society to make them feel more ostracized then they already do…news flash people, THEY NEED SUPPORT TOO. THEY NEED PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR THEM AND NOT RUNNING AWAY FROM THEM BECAUSE THEY MAKE NOISES IN PUBLIC THAT MANY VIEW AS “INAPPROPRIATE.” They need kids their own age, willing to treat them as equals. They are fucking human beings, how dare anyone act like they are these burdens to live with. My brother was bullied all throughout elementary school and high school. Kids AND TEACHERS thought he was “weird” and “creepy” and “scary” and “annoying” and “a burden in classrooms” and “stupid” and “retarded” and the names continue. A girl even took it one step further and stomped on his lunch one day, threw it in the trash, and then took it out and made him eat it. WE WERE IN 4TH GRADE. a 9/10 year old girl was treating a human life as if it were beneath her. As if people who suffer from any form of mental illness are any less capable then those who do not. Schools ought to educate children earlier on. My brother, was treated as an idiot by the school systems, because of his ‘learning and mental handicaps’. My brother, is hands down the smartest man I have ever known. He can answer any question relating anything geographical, whether it be the areas with top drug crime around the world, the population density in every single country known to man, the top religions in each country, the crime rate, the national anthem, the flag, the most common dialect and language, each countries origin and history, federal laws, demographics and the list goes on. He is 21 years old and still, the greatest and most influential person in my life. Dylan has been told he could never graduate, but he did. Children mocked him and laughed at him, he was bullied and cut out of social groups because he is “different”. Well screw it, he is so much greater than what society can accept, so they have to classify him as “different” in order to hide the fact that he was born extraordinary. So, i think with all these movements, autism awareness and acceptance should be one of them. It’s about fucking time we stop neglecting children with special needs because they are too far out of our comfort zone. They have just as much of a purpose as you do, so get the fuck off your high horse and start believing in them, the way they believe in the world.