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Do you know somebody, whether it be yourself, a friend or a relative, who has some type of ASD, or Autism Spectral Disorder? Personally, I am one with Asperger's Syndrome. I'm not that different from people who don't have Asperger's or another ASD. However, there are people out there who will dis me for who I am because of my mental issues.
Have you ever taken a test or quiz, particularly a comprehensive aptitude test (i.e. the MCAS)? You might not know this, but the failure rate of those tests among people with ASDs (or other special needs) is very, very high. It could be because that many of the questions are very difficult for people with special needs. (Please let me know what you might think!)
The bad about autism is that you will sometimes have a lot of "excess baggage" (i.e. having your parents help you with finances if you don't have a job). It will always stay with you, as well. It's NOT something that will go away, like a cold or the flu. Also, people are more likely to make fun of you because of your disability. The good of it, though, is that autistic people are often more friendly than non-autistic people.
We all have things that we need to fix, but that doesn't mean we are always bad people, or that our disability will make others "sick". We make mistakes like everybody else, and we try our hardest like everybody else.
"I choose to live, not just exist."-James Hetfield, Metallica's vocalist and rhythm guitarist
people that make fun of people with born dissabilities are freakin stupid. it's not the person's fault they have whatever it is.
I know two young boys with autism, under five years old. The first, is a genius. He litterally, is smarter than me. He can recite countries, streets, numbers, dates, and colors at the drop of a hat, with ease. He is more sociable than his brother, and will approach me when I visit. The other brother is more into art, but, has trouble with social connections and self-expression. He won't really look me in the eye, and when I try to hold his hand, crossing the street for example, he squirms away a little. I also have a really, really close friend, with dyslexia. She is sometimes teased about it, and called re.tar.ded because she has trouble reading aloud, and has trouble taking notes when the teacher writes them on the board. I try to help her in math and such, but, it often just won't click, since I'm not a proffesional or anything. I think anybody who teases people with disabilites of any sort are shallow and stupid and definatly miss out on a lot. People with disabilities can make the best friends :)
Wow, this is probably the longest reply I've ever written..
I have a five year old brother with autism. Other kids don't want to play with him, or be around him, no matter how hard he tries, and even adults made 'smart' comments about the way he sees the world and acts. It makes me feel sick on the inside to see people treat him like that. :(
I met a girl with autism once, I don't know what kind. She's eleven, and cery tall, not that that has anything to do with autism. But really, she was about 5'9" and counting. She liked to clean, she came into our house and started cleaning it.
That's horrible :( I could maybe understand the kids doing that, since they maybe don't understand how what they do affects your brother, but, the adults, really??? That's so dumb, that they would do that to a five year old boy. They're the ones with the problem, not him.
I help with a program called TAG which helps autistic kids talk to and play with their peers. I have so many friends with special needs. One boy has become my best friend and i hate when people treat him differently then others. I am also great friends with the other kids and they are probably more fun to talk with then kids with out special needs. They are all very smart. Also my young family friend has autism and he is the cutest thing but hes not any different from any other 8 year old. He just likes to repeat asking stuff.
Yes, I have Aspergers, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mood Disorder-NOS, Misophonia, and Sensory Processing Disorder. I have had MANY tests done to me. I have a really hard time meeting new people or accepting others as my friend. People do make fun of me because they think I'm being "crazy", "unreasonable", "weird", etc. While I am not in Special Olympics, I am an avid volunteer and many of my friends have special needs as well. I think people who call other retards or retarded are being extremely rude and disrespectful. It makes me really mad because they think that disabilities are easy to live with and make you odd, but that's not the truth. Living with disabilities is extremely hard and not fun at all. Granted, I am very intelligent, but I don't understand metaphors, social nuances, expressions, body language, gesturing, etc. A plus about having all these disorders is that I am able to see situations in a different way, and I think in a very logical way.