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To My Autistic Brother, I Wish the World Could See What I See About You

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You are a funny, smart, beautiful boy and I wish everyone could see that.

You get up every day with a smile on your face, filled with happiness and positivity, ready for the day ahead. Sometimes those days are good to you and sometimes they’re bad. I wish I could shelter you from the evil and unfairness in this world, but it seems people will always find a way to bring you unhappiness.

I’ve seen people talk down to you, talk about you in front of you, and speak so poorly of autism while having no education on it whatsoever. I’ve heard people use autism as an insult, speak of it as an illness, a disease and something disgusting. People constantly bring autism into arguments, as if it’s something they can use when they please.

How does one person exposed to this much cruelty wake up every morning with a smile on their face?

Dian, when you see me get upset and frustrated by these people, you comfort me. They are cruel and unfair to you, yet you still share so much love and care with this world.

You’ve taught me a valuable life lesson. No matter how much negativity is thrown your way, always radiate positivity.

I hope one day that this world will see you and all autistic people as human beings with feelings and emotions, so you no longer have to fight to find the goodness and positivity in this world. Someday, you and I are going to be treated equally, but until then I will do all I can to educate people on the wonderful person you are.

Lots of love,
Your Big Sis

Originally published: April 19, 2020
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