Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

My Name Is Daniel, Not Autism

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

My Name Is Daniel, Not Autism

Article excerpt

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN WRONGLY judged by the way you look or act--because you are different from other people? If so, then you may have experienced a form of discrimination. Nobody should have to feel badly about being different. I should know, because I have been discriminated against all of my life. As an autistic person, I have experienced many types of discrimination.

Everyone with autism lives with the constant fear that they will not be accepted for the smart person they are inside. It is easy for others to only see the odd way of acting and strange behaviors rather than the real person. Many people with autism cannot talk well or at all. So people mistake that for being dumb or rude. It is hard to handle stress if you are autistic, and sometimes you make bad choices to tantrum or be loud. That may frighten people and cause them to think all autistic people are crazy. The truth is that autism is a big disability, but most autistic people want to be friends and make smart choices as much or more than anyone. It is not easy to see past some of the things autism causes people to do, but it is worth it, if you try.

I know that being friends with someone with autism can seem like a lot of work, but it takes work for any good thing to get done. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.