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Autism is AU-Some

By Khylil

Recently, I’ve found it difficult to compliment my friends on their accomplishments and/or the way they go about handling a certain task. In this day and age I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been a HUGE part of my life and supported me when things were very hard for me to understand. Here’s how I picked up the origins of my autism, I was just a young lad at the age of 12 when I started to understand myself as a person. I didn’t know what my disability was or what it was all about. All I knew was that I didn’t act like others and to me that was a very bad thing. To me it meant that I wasn’t normal. Was this a good thing? Was this a bad thing? I didn’t know. These questions were beginning to bother me as I grew to understand myself.

I was told [by my mother] that my autism was similar to the story of Superman in the sense that I could think and move differently. However, I began to wonder if that meant I would be alienated by others? I don’t think I’m drastically different from others but I do see how I’ve been able to pick up things quicker than most, mathematically, that is. I also started to wander around and think that maybe my mother was right. I am extraordinary and therefore different. Overall, I would like to say thank you to those individuals who have been there for me and taught me to me view my disability as a “SUPER-ability”.

I’m not sure what to expect in the future but, I’m glad I had the opportunity to share my viewpoints and thoughts regarding what autism has been like for me. Looking back it’s strange to think that I’ve done things like make it through high school and college without becoming nervous.

Looking back on the experiences I’ve had throughout my life I’m happy to say that after all of these years of understanding myself I now realize that autism is “AU-Some.”

To everyone who is on the spectrum I would like you to know that you are AU-Some and I really appreciate the examples that all of you have shown me regarding what your disability means to you. There’s always a reason to be positive even when it’s difficult! Keep being yourself, and keep being AU-some!