This Is Autism!

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What is autism to me?

Well… As an individual on the spectrum, autism is a part of my life and will never go away any time soon. But I can tell you the good qualities about autism that most people don’t understand. Here is what autism is and what it looks like.

Autism is…

Autism is intelligent.

Autism is lovable.

Autism is a loyal friend.

Autism is a gifted artist.

Autism is a wild child that did crazy things, in which, drove my mother and dad crazy.
Example?!

I use to climb a tree in our big yard. I could climb to the second story window and wave to either my mom, dad, or one of my sisters.

Autism is a beautiful individual.

Autism is unique.

Autism is a lover of the arts.

I wish I can go on and on about it, but let me show what autism looks like to me, my family, and friends.

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I am a wonderful daughter!
I am the youngest of 4 sisters and a good one!
I am an awesome aunt to my 3 nieces and 2 nephews!
I am a loyal and the best friend that anyone could have. Without those people in my life, I have no idea where I would be today
I am a dog lover.
I am pretty.
I am smart.
I am funny.
I am easy-going and laid back
I am a loving and caring person!

This is what autism is!
This is what autism looks like!
This is autism!

My Perspective On This Issue.

Wow…. Just… Wow!

So this morning, I woke up, made coffee for myself, then I checked my personal Facebook when I heard that Autism Speaks is in Washington D.C. speaking about this “national crisis” on autism. I just read this letter by the co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright. This letter has some sort of an affect on me.

Mrs. Wright’s Letter

And this is what folks in the autism community had something to say to Mrs. Wright and her letter.

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Yeeeaahh…. They’re not happy campers with Autism Speaks, including myself. I never wrote any of the comments, I just read it and see what everyone have to say about the issue.

From what I have heard, they do not include autistic people to speak about their experiences, perspectives, and what autism made the person he/she became today in a positive way. Autism Speaks wants it to be about the negative side of autism.

Now here is what I want to say about this and how I feel:

I am NOT a tragedy
I am NOT a burden to my family
I am NOT a statistic
I am NOT an epidemic

And lastly…

I am NOT a disease!

Autism made me who I am. All I want is acceptance for who I am and what I want to do with myself. I DO NOT want to be “cured”!

I have a strong support system that includes my family and close friends. No matter what I want to do with my life, they will be there for me and root for me! Looks like I am not a burden to anyone in my life after all.

All Everyone, including myself, want is our voices to be heard, not silenced!

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To anyone who is autistic and reading this, all that matter to us that we are who we are and always see the positives about autism.

To any parent(s) who has a child with autism, never get discouraged and never give up! No matter what circumstances with your child, what’s important is to love and support him/her and be the best damn mom and dad you can be. Screw the negatives! Look at the positives and be positive!

Here is more articles about Autism Speaks if you want read more:

Diary of a Mom
Autism Women’s Network
John Elder Robinson
Emma’s Hope Book: What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks?

Let’s have discussion.

Tell me how you feel about this issue!?

Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂