Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Make Fun of People with Autism

The Top Ten
1 It's not their fault they have autism

I have an autistic brother, and he doesn't go to my school (Doesn't offer special needs help) so he can get the help he needs (at my town's public school). Many of my classmates have asked why he goes to a different school, and I don't hide the reason why. Recently, most of the boys in my class have been making fun of people with autism. Making comments like "There should be a class award for most autistic". This makes me really upset, but most of the time I'm not close enough or in the right situation to tell them to stop. I want to do something but I'm just not sure what, any suggestions?

2 It's inhumane and rude

It's not fair. Just because something is different doesn't mean it's acceptable to make fun of it or only is it not their fault but's it's not cool. I would rather hang out with someone who's nice and has autism then someone who's rude and doesn't have it. It's mean and despicable and inexcusable. We should except people for who they are. If you don't like someone that's fine. But if you don't have anything nice to say just say it in your head where no one can hear it but you.

I have a friend that is getting bullied and he's autistic, so me and my friends told someone and it is a good thing it is anonymous because they would take the rage out on us. They are not just bullying him, but they are talking about him being autistic and making fun of him. He doesn't even know they are bullying him because they are doing it behind his back and it makes me sick what people are doing to special needs kids.

3 They're human beings, too

I was just diagnosed with Aspergers, people make fun of my spelling, self confidence, lack of friends, and many other things, it feels that people who make fun of us, don't realize we have hearts too.

Exactly. Just like non-autistic people, we're going to make mistakes too, and learn from them. Just give us some time and patience.

They are. This is important to remember, and they're just like the rest of us.

4 They are intelligent, even if others think otherwise

My brother is 10 and has autism, and he is on a kindergarten level brain power. He doesn't know his ABCs and he makes up weird words to communicate. It's kind of hard to understand him sometimes. He has a special blanket, but he eats the fuzz off the blanket when he is nervous or scared!

Thank you for adding this, it warms my heart. I have autism and I'm so sick of people looking at me like, "But you're too smart to have autism!" I am smart, but seriously, autism is what heightened my IQ. My autism gave me some undesirable traits, sadly, but it also gave me, a seventh grader, an 11.9 reading level.

5 There's nothing wrong with having autism

Being autistic isn't all butterflies and rainbows (and hey, being non-autistic isn't either). My brain is different, not broken. I am also blessed with a better long-term memory, enhanced visual skills, enhanced focus that leads to more practice and better skills, and a very unique perspective that makes it easy for me to make other people think differently or laugh when I say silly things. I like myself. Being autistic is not the end of the world.

My brother, one of my friends and one of my friends sisters have autism and all three of them act like normal people, talk like normal people and live like normal people. Why am I saying like normal people? they are normal people! Autism can be a real blessing! It gives them better memory, enhanced scenes and sometimes even a lot of speed when running! You have to except people for who they are! They can't help that they have autism and they can't help that sometimes they can't understand! They are wrongfully classified as "different" and I hate it! I get real angry with anyone at school who makes fun of autistic people because it's like their having a go at my brother and friend and if you have a go at my brother (or friend/s) you mess with me! And if u mess with me...Let's just say you don't want to! There is absolutely nothing wrong with having autism! Yes, sometimes I feel like my parents are paying more attention to my brother then me but, ultimately, having autism should even be something to be proud of! I want to punch in the face whoever made up the joke about people with autism!

6 They are very nice people

I am autistic, and people have been bullying me since 6th grade for being autistic. It was really annoying and rude, and they were like "IT IS FAIR, YOU LITTLE MAGGOT! YOU'RE AUTISTIC! THAT'S WHAT YOU DESERVE!" I was really nice to them just so I could be also be a part of the spotlight like my friend Dash, who everyone is always asking for autographs and stuff like that. I never did anything wrong, and they were just trying to cover up the fact that they were bullying me for having autism. Looking back on the things I have done, I was just trying to be someone and fit in. (I'm not trying to imitate Shape of My Heart by BSB) I was never really familiar with popular trends, so I tried to mask up the fact that I was just wanting to contribute to society. If you make fun of autistic people and you are reading, YOU'RE A JERK! I ABSOLUTELY HATE YOU!

7 There are many amazing autistic people

I use the website and I have Autism. Autistic people should been celebrated (also normal people and other kinds of people) not shunned in modern society. Not all autistic people are really smart or really aggressive, we come in many forms. People think autistic people are retards who don't listen and are really smart. I know
a lot stuff about Geography but I don't about Science. Please people stop this abuse.

SOME of you guys have autism? Wow, I didn't even know that! A couple of people who were on this site without a username or an account said that they had autism, but some of the users I know I didn't even know has autism.

8 They get easily angered if you make fun of them

Not all do. Autism affects some people more than it does others. I will admit that I get a little annoyed when I see people making stereotypes about how all autistic people are retarded and throw temper tantrums, but I don't let it get to me too much because I understand that most of what they say is a joke and even when it's not, chances are what they think about you is completely irrelevant because they're most likely people you just happen to encounter.

I have a friend who has autism at my school and he is obsessed with Russia and the Soviet Union. Then one day some people were saying, "Kill the Russians" to him and they said "You're going to die in Russia" and they also called him a communist. Then he had a terrible temper tantrum and a meltdown after they were saying those things. People should learn that autistic people are also humans and they can get upset if they are made fun of.

9 Bullying is never okay

No matter the reason why you are bullying someone, just don't because it will bite you back later in life.

If you bully people with Autism & any type of disability, then Karma will get you!

YES! I have autism and I was made fun of today! It really hurts emotionally

10 You can't change who they are

This is exactly TRUE! You can't change a person for who they were, especially if they have autism. Let the people with autism live their life, love themselves for truly are and especially autistic people deserved to be treated respectfully like a human being.

The Contenders
11 You might get a child with autism

HAHA. There is this girl in my class who hates me for having autism, but maybe one day she will be holding an autistic kid for nine months?

If you make fun of people with autism it can happen to you to. Not that it automatically happens when you make fun of people but their is always a chance that it can happen to you...

Or Anyone in your family may have autism cause it's believed to run in families.

12 It makes today's society seem awful

Agree! If we continue to make fun of people just because their different, it will make things worse. I have high functioning autism, and I think autistics and other disabled people should be treated better.

During my teen years, I used to think I was born on the wrong planet. This is why.

This is why aliens won't visit us.

13 Autism makes autistic people special and who they are

Yes they are. I have autism and, jeez, I'm one of the best at math, (in my opinion) In my whole class! 35 X 59 = 2065! And I am kind... most of the time. Insult hurt me, then you might want to run... I will occasionally even bite you or extremely rarely try to choke you. So yeah. You know.

NEVER make fun of an autistic person for being intensely into a special interest. Special interests help us cope and feel okay when we're bored or not feeling okay.

Not all, but yes autistic people can be intelligent or kind, but there is no denying that just like non-autistic people, autistic people are special.

14 Your best friends could have autism
15 It's not funny

My brother has is autistic. He is 5 years old at the moment. He cannot speak any languages. He is still not potty trained. He is in the year 1 right now. He has not learned any numbers or any of the alphabet. He is different, but my family still adore him. Though he can not communicate with us he still a lovely person that we are proud to have.

When we go outside he often screams really loud and runs around
in a strange manner. People often look at him. I have seen a lot of people mock the way he walks and what he does. Mostly teenagers. They imitate his movements. These teens are normally older than me. So it is quite intimidating to stand up to them. But I would expect better behaviour from people that are much older than me. These teens were about 16 to 18. These people are almost adults. Yet they mock a small child that has special needs, not knowing anything about him. I find it
quite immature. They find it very funny, but to me it's not very funny at all.

16 You might have autism yourself

Ever stopped to think about that? I've never been rude towards autistic people, because I've always hated bullying, teasing and insulting others in general, but I had no idea that I had autism until so many years later.

I always have behavioral problems with my playmate, sometimes I don't pay much attention because my mind constantly swings around every time, I'm also very forgetful at times.

Makes fun of someone with autism, finds out he has it, gets mad, and everyone starts making fun of him, even his best friends who don't even like him anymore.

17 They may become great people

I actually want to be a cartoonist when I grow up. I might be famous. Look at all the famous people with autism like Einstein and Temple Grandin.

I am autistic. I am also actual friends with Temple Grandin because my mom works with her.

18 They have feelings

Excactly, You are right! People who mock people with autism a bunch of idiots. If people bully me just because I have autism I will be mean back

They are human and have feelings!

19 They've already been bullied too much
20 They are very normal people.

People with autism are just people like you and I, but they're just a little bit different than the common human. They have some constraints on what they can do, but they have also possibilities that people without autism might be less likely to have. That's why they should be appreciated. Actually, there isn't a special line for people with and without autism. We have all some autistic characteristics.

Some autistics are "normal", while others aren't normal in the slightest (like Chris-chan and Ahuviya Harel).

Anyway, being normal is boring.

21 Not all autistic people are the same

I have not only Autism, but AD-HD too. I sometimes have problems with hearing but other times I can hear whispers even. I am very intelligent in my opinion. I am only seven and in grade 3. I am turning 8 this year however. I know more then you do, trust me. Do you know that if there are any kids on this site, (like me, don't worry, I'm serious) then eating one banana a day can actually significantly reduce your chance of getting asthma? Absurd, right?

I exactly agree with this because not only they're different, but people with autism have different types of disabilities (physical, intellectual, SEVERE autism, down syndrome, etc). Also NO ONE deserves to be bullied, harassed, being threatened by others, getting lots of put downs because of their disabilities and everyone deserves to be treated equally with RESPECT.

22 They are really good detectives

Autistic people are really good at spotting things what others don't pay attention to

23 Because you're not perfect either
24 It makes you look stupid
25 You'll look like a jerk
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