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I’m sure we hear more about him in the future. We have got to get these kids to understand that striving to be a rapper, football and basketball player is not the only thing out there. Unfortunately, kids make fun of kids who get good grades or are in honor classes because they don’t view it as being cool. It is critical to stop the bullying and stop that mentality. At some point the cycle of poverty needs to stop somewhere within a family. A child that focuses on school and graduates high school and moves on to college helps end the perpetuation of repeating the cycle of uneducated people in a family structure. When that child graduates and hopefully moves on to a great career. Numerous inventors were black.. THIS is what our youth should focus on, strive for!

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8-year-old Thomas grew out his hair for two years so that he could donate it to kids with cancer.

He probably went through some teasing or even bullying in the process, but is still willing to do it again! Bless his heart.

We can all be someone’s hero, a smile, a helping hand, a hug, a role model standing up for what is right , make a stand and raise your voice against injustice. We can all do our part to make this world a better place. Be someone’s hero…

It’s quite sad how it seems like there’s absolutely no children’s books about autism, adressed to autistic kids. This morning, i had a false hope, because i’ve seen a collection of books about disabled kids, in which every kid is the narrator of its own story (like “My name is Marie, i’m epileptic, here’s how it affects my daily life”).

The books were well written and could be useful for disabled kids and able-bodied/neurotypical kids. So, hopeful, i open the book about the autistic kid and…

“Hi, my name is Marc, i have a friend, Lolo, who has autism. This is his story.”

[gif of Troy from the tv show Community, proclaiming an exasperated and angered “WHY ?”]

Yes, why ? Why can’t we have our own story ? Why are they treating us like these “mysterious beings” who can’t tell who they are, how they feel, what they like, what they want ? I had the same regret about the autistic girl, Julia, introduced in a Sesame Street book. 

Again, we’re witnessing everything from the outside. Again, the autistic kid doesn’t tell its own story. Again, it’s a book shaped for Neurotypical kids/parents. 

I don’t get it. All of the other books are written from the child’s POV. It would have been so nice to get to know Lolo, what he’s thinking, what makes him laugh, what makes him afraid… And yet, we’re stuck with Marc, the neurotypical kid. 

There are plenty of books about kids like Marc, who get to be the heros of their own stories. Not much about Lolo, who’s just “something” to witness and observe, i guess…

Also, the book ends on a very pessimistic note, because Marc asks Santa Claus to “cure” his friend and to make him able to talk. Because, obviously, it’s so sad that Lolo can’t be neurotypical, am i right ? And Marc is soooo nice to wish for him to “get better”, right ?