I Like Being Autistic Because…

A person named Sarah Wheeler (she pronouns) holds a sign that reads

[Image description: A person named Sarah Wheeler holds a sign that reads “I like being autistic because different is beautiful”]

[Steph’s Sign reads: I Like Being Autistic Because I have a photographic memory, I have obsessions that bring me joy, and I’m a Unique and Fun person to be around. Steph, 17. A cutout of a butterfly is next to the text.]

[Steph’s Sign reads: I Like Being Autistic Because I have a photographic memory, I have obsessions that bring me joy, and I’m a Unique and Fun person to be around. Steph, 17. A cutout of a butterfly is next to the text.]

A person named Daniel Obejas smiles at the camera, holding a sign that reads

[Image description: A person named Daniel Obejas smiles at the camera, holding a sign that reads “I like being autistic because it helps me appreciate life’s simple pleasures”]

[A sign reading: I Like being autistic because I think quickly, I feel deeply, I see patterns everywhere, There is always music inside my head, There are so many other amazing Autistics in the world! I Connect with words..]

[Image description: A sign reading: I Like being autistic because I think quickly, I feel deeply, I see patterns everywhere, There is always music inside my head, There are so many other amazing Autistics in the world! I Connect with words..]

[A person named Kieran holds a sign in front of his face that reads

[Image description: A person named Kieran holds a sign in front of his face that reads “I like being autistic because my brain is unique” followed by a smiley face.]

Alanna Whitney wears red and has a lolly pop while holding a sign that reads,

[Image description: Alanna Whitney wears red and has a lolly pop while holding a sign that reads, “I like being autistic because:#Hypersensitivity is sexy! #acceptanceis #walkinred“]

Alanna Whitney's sign reads,

[Image description: Alanna Whitney’s sign reads, “I like being autistic because: #Synaesthesia #Neurodiversity#hypersensitivity #LoveNotFear #honesty #Autisticpride #Hyperlexia #DifferentNotLess#SpecialInterests #ActuallyAutistic #VisualThinking#stopAbleism2015 #patternthinking #WalkinRed2015 #Hyperfocus #AutismAcceptanceMonth #DifferentPerspectives #AcceptanceIs #AbstractThought #IDontNeedACure #Unique #AcceptanceNOTawareness “]

Carla sent us this sign. It has AAM, ASAN, and AWN's logos, along with a neurodiversity starburst and a spectrummy infinity sign. It reads,

[Image description: Carla sent us this sign. It has AAM, ASAN, and AWN’s logos, along with a neurodiversity starburst and a spectrummy infinity sign. It reads, “Waht do I like about being autistic? The community I get to be part of!”]

from Gabriella 6 years old:  I Like being Autistic because

[Image description: from Gabriella 6 years old, a sign reading: I Like being Autistic because “we are family” (With a drawing of a person holding a smaller person on a couch, with heart stickers over their heads.)]

[A sign that depicts Faolain surrounded by a halo’d spectrum of light. It reads, “I Like Begin Autistic Because: It Colors My World”]

[Image description: A sign that depicts Faolain surrounded by a halo’d spectrum of light. It reads, “I Like Begin Autistic Because: It Colors My World”]

[Sam Perry’s sign reads, I like being autistic because: I can learn languages quickly. My special interests have helped me meet amazing friends. I am logical. It is who I am and I am proud! I get to see past social pretenses to who we really are. I am fiercely loyal to my friends.]

[Image description: Sam Perry’s sign reads, I like being autistic because: I can learn languages quickly. My special interests have helped me meet amazing friends. I am logical. It is who I am and I am proud! I get to see past social pretenses to who we really are. I am fiercely loyal to my friends.]

I Like Being Autistic Because: I feel no need for other people's approval. I think outside the box. I have an excellent memory. I am non-judgemental. I can have loads of autistic friends. It makes me unique. I have a very good sense of Humour.  I have really good hearing.  Very loving and great memory! Very truthful. Heart is always in the right place.  Heart of Gold. Genuine.  Good sense of humour. make me smile.  have good idea.  Really Friendly.  Work hard.  Always want to do a good job. Really Thoughtful and helpful. Great company- fun to be around.  Genuine and honest.  helps you to see things in a totally different ways. creative and imaginative- truth! Heart of gold and kind to others (heart) Very Creative and Funny. It's just being me!

[Image description: A sign that multiple people have written on, reading I Like Being Autistic Because: I feel no need for other people’s approval. I think outside the box. I have an excellent memory. I am non-judgemental. I can have loads of autistic friends. It makes me unique. I have a very good sense of Humour.  I have really good hearing.  Very loving and great memory! Very truthful. Heart is always in the right place.  Heart of Gold. Genuine.  Good sense of humour. make me smile.  have good idea.  Really Friendly.  Work hard.  Always want to do a good job. Really Thoughtful and helpful. Great company- fun to be around.  Genuine and honest.  helps you to see things in a totally different ways. creative and imaginative- truth! Heart of gold and kind to others (heart) Very Creative and Funny. It’s just being me!]

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