Are We Really That Different

Hannah R. Smith By Hannah R. Smith, 4th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Read this article and hopefully it will give some proper insight to those who don't quite understand and hope for those who feel like they're alone because no one else will listen or understand.This article is dedicated to those like myself and their families who have felt or continue to feel like outcasts because they are autistic or live with someone who has it. Either way, we're not that different.

Are We Really That Different: Part 1

A couple years ago I told a friend, I had Asperger's, a form of autism, but what I failed to realize then was they were never my friend, to begin with. Because a little under a year later, they turned their back on me. For a few months afterward, their actions made me feel like a lesser person, and that is unforgivable yet I forgave them anyway because that is who I am as a person but by no means have I ever forgotten nor will I ever condone such behavior.
Bullying on any level is inexcusable. But I'm not here telling you all this to rant about what happened but instead to hopefully give a glimpse of proper insight to those who have no tangible understanding of what having autism means to someone who has it or to their loved ones who see their struggles day to day because of the lack of compassion out there.
That is what this article is about. This article is dedicated to all those who have been bullied or frowned upon because no one truly understands. I may not have a masters or any other degrees in sociology or psychology and I mean no disrespect to any of them but I do have an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design and I'm currently a full-time author who just so happens to have a form of autism, so I know a little and that's enough and I will not let being autistic define me because in truth, it really doesn't.

Are We Really That Different: Part 2

When someone hears the term autism or autistic the first thing that shouldn't come to mind is they have to see a therapist. If they want to see one that's fine but don't force it down their throats either. Just because autistic children or adults see things differently than most people doesn't mean they should be treated with unfairness and disrespect. Treat others the way you want to be treated, with kindness and respect.
I've been bullied for years from preschool all the way to high school, there's no excuse. For me it was verbal but others have received physical, verbal or both with others just because they think they're better or it makes them feel powerful to make someone feel less than they are. Either way...verbal or physical, it doesn't matter, don't do it. Stop the bullying. People with autism may have social miscues every now and again but they are people too, they feel with the same feelings and dreams everyone else has, they are not that different. We live the same lives everyone else does only we see the world a little differently but does that mean, treat us like outcasts, like we're lesser people, no it doesn't.
Some say we see the world in black and white and there is no gray. Maybe sometimes that's true but in truth there is more to it to than that. They see the world not only in black and white but also the grays and color that come from within. Will anyone ever understand, we shall see. There are those who will never understand and that's their choice but that doesn't mean give up hope on those who will, it’ll just take time. Many who have autism, are smart and beautiful people just the way they are, don't forget that. If I can live my dream and be autistic then others can strive for their dreams too and excel if they're given the chance.
So please the next time you see someone or hear about someone who is autistic, don't give the dishonor of treating them lesser than yourself because of what others say or do against them. My heart reaches out to all those out there who have been treated unfairly because of this issue, together if we really try, we can find some common ground and build our way up to where the compassion and understanding, we seek truly lies. One day we’ll get there. Thanks for reading this and I hope it gave a little insight of why the first thought in someone when meeting someone with autism shouldn't be, 'see a therapist'. Hope all is well and have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


Anti-Bullying, Autism, Inspirational, Understanding

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author avatar Hannah R. Smith
I'm a full time author of the high fantasy genre. My debut series is the Wolfsayer Trilogy and the first of the series "Heart and Soul of Srielrian" is available.

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