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Why I'm Proud to Be Autistic

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On this Autistic Pride Day 2017, I have a lot of positive things to reflect on. Let me highlight some of the things that make me proud to be autistic!

My unwavering sense of youth: I’ve felt and acted younger than my age for as long as I can remember. I’ve always looked at this as an asset! It’s allowed me to see the fun side of life, and to have simple pleasures. Life doesn’t have to be as complicated as many people make it, and I know this firsthand. I have an optimism about life.

My tech savviness: I’ve always taken to electronics and the way they work. I love operating my multiple Android devices, usually at the same time. I love figuring out how to use a device just by taking it into my own hands. Do you have a tech issue? Bring it my way! I love to problem solve.


My never-ending childlike wonder: I’ve always been one to notice the little things. The simplest things intrigue and captivate me. I’m able to stop and smell the roses.

My loyalty: Once you’re my friend, chances are, you’ll stay my friend so long as nothing happens on your end to make me decide otherwise. As long as you’re there for me like I am for you, be prepared to have a friend who is willing to stick by your side for life!

My genuineness: I’ve always known how to be only myself and no one else. There are no such things as false fronts for me; I wouldn’t know how to put one up if my life depended on it. What you see is what you get. I keep it real.

My ability to see things from a unique point of view: I’ve always looked at things through the autistic lens. Sometimes, this means seeing the world through rose-colored glasses; however, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! I see the good in people. I see things others may not notice. Life is very colorful and detailed through my eyes. It’s a wonderful experience.

Being autistic is the only way of life I’ve ever known, and to have been diagnosed just three years ago was such a validating opportunity. I’ve always taken pride in being unique, and now I have a title: autistic and proud!

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Originally published: June 20, 2017
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