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?

I agree so much. I have autism and I really hate it when autistic people get bullied and discriminated by others for no reason and be compared to the likes of that abomination of a human being known as Chris-Chan. I'm autistic and am NOTHING like him. Heck, he wouldn't be considered to be autistic, but rather a mentally ill weirdo. It is the bullies who hate autism are the ones who deserve to be punished and put into a mental hospital, not the autistic people themselves.

Once at school I stood up against a bully as he used "autistic" as an insult to people he didn't like. I'm actually autistic myself, as are many other people I know, and so I told him just how wrong it was for him to say that. He went on about he "found autism funny" and it became a full-on argument. We both got held back as other students misinterpreted it as a fight (we never actually hit each other at all, but I did lose my temper), but I'm glad I got my message across.

It's not like I was asked to be born with autism I just was. However I will admit my autism was worse when I was younger. When I was younger I was anti-social and didn't want to talk to anyone. Only through counseling did I become more social. While I've gotten better at my autism, I don't let autism be a excuse for my life. In a nutshell Autism is a birth effect that increase intelligence. I know I have autism and I don't let it weigh me down enough said.

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.

So if someone has autism you should never make fun of them in any way; even jokes that have no relation to their condition? I think that if you're the kind of person that throws a temper tantrum whenever someone jokes about you then maybe you don't really belong in a normal society.

I just came back from a list that was the complete opposite of this one, and "inhumane" and "rude" describe the list perfectly.

3 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.

Many people with autism have a heightened artistic and intellectual sense which makes it for their lack of social skills. Some of the most amazing people out there were autistic and yet many still look down upon it.

Like the nice thing, it varies. We have our flaws and redeeming qualities in our brain; because of my autism, I'm very good at remembering birthdays, but I suck at remembering locations unless if I read it enough.

4 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.

Kind of. We are more like the "normal" people than some people think, yes.

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 ...more

As a person with Asperger's syndrome, I would say this is the most basic and direct of why we don't deserve such treatment. Nice list, by the way.

Honestly, there are times I wish I had autism. I don't know why.

6 They are very nice people

Well I try to be nice, but I often come off as rude. If someone waves at me I usually won't wave back because I'm so awkward and I never knew after someone asks "How are you? " after you answer, you're supposed to ask them. Also apparently ( I don't know if I spelled that right ) if you cross your arms you're coming off as rude, but I do it all the time because it's comfortable.

They are kind and nice people. Don't get discouraged! The only reason that they don't want to be your friend is because they can't see what a wonderful person you are. You should want to be friends with someone who doesn't see past you bad social skills or disorder! Friends should except you for who you are, not who you try to be.

FACTS. I'm still kind of sad though. One autistic girl in our grades 1/2 class was a REAL friend to everyone. She was always smiling, she always made people laugh and I always wanted to sit next to her when we all sat on the carpet for story time or games. And then a couple months later, she died. :(

I'm an example. As long as you're nice to me. I'll be nice to you. Keep that in mind. Sorry if this sounds very arrogant.

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.

When I joined this site, I thought I would be the outcast because of my autism. It just took me some time to realize TheTopTens is full of great, accepting people.

Me, for example. (not bragging about being great.) There's also Disney1994, Turkeyasylum, SwagFlicks, Pony, and a buch of other people I can't remember. Why is it so many boys have autism, and I'm like, one of the only girls I know who has it? Besides me, I can't think of a single girl TopTenner who has it that I've met so far.

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.

Usually I'm angry for very good reasons. I can handle insults targeted towards me most of the time, and I'm overall a very chill person, but if you say something extremely inhumane to me, I WILL get angry. Nope, that's and understatement. I will be exasperated.

People make fun of me and hate on me because of the stuff I like. It makes me so angry that I can't deal anymore. I never insult people for what they like. I would never insult anyone.

9 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.

10 Bullying is never okay

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

Just don't bully anyone. It's common sense.

Bullying is a disaster.

Just don't do it...

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11 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.

Exactly. Autistic or not, no human is exactly the same as another.

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 You might get a child with autism

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.

14 Your best friends could have autism
15 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.

You never know if you may be autistic.

16 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.

17 It's not funny

They think people with autism are comic relieves just like in TV shows and movies just to entertain and make people laugh and sometimes, instead of helping them, they would make jokes and puns at them when they're in a situation.

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.

Anyone who thinks jokes about disabilities are funny cannot think of any actual clever jokes.

Jokes about it can be, if you don't go to far. Actually making fun of someone with autism isn't funny.

18 They've already been bullied too much
19 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.

Not everyone has exaggerated autism.

Not all of them anyways.

20 They have feelings

They are human and have feelings!

No one ever said this.

21 Because you're not perfect either
22 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.

23 They are fun people to be around with
24 You'll look like a jerk

Not just look like one.

25 They are really good detectives

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

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