This Poem Pretty Much Sums Up How We Should Look at Autism

If my child stood before you without introduction

Would you guess she was built of non-standard construction?

Maybe you’d think that she was just shy

When she stares at the ground and she can’t meet your eye

You’d look at this child and think she looks cute so

You’ll start to converse but the child remains mute

She doesn’t respond to your friendly advances but

Retreats ever further with quick sideways glances

Look again closely

Open your eyes

Can you see through the mask

That she wears in disguise?

Can you see through the panic, confusion and fears,

Obsessions, compulsions, tantrums and tears?

To the dreams that she holds

Of what life will be

When she casts off the cloak of self-doubt

And flies free

I hope you can see

Though the vision is brief

For this child can grow

From your seeds of belief

Her foundations will strengthen

Her fears will subside

Her walls will not crumble

If you walk alongside

So here stands my child, without introduction

Not broken, not flawed just

Non-standard construction

Black and White

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