Top 10 Best Things About Having Autism

The Top Ten
1 Your intelligence may be higher than average

I'm autistic, and I'm very smart/intelligent, but I'm no savant!

2 It makes you who you are

If I stopped being autistic, I would no longer be me. I would lose so much of my passion, creativity, and unique thinking. I would lose what makes me an acclaimed writer. I don't want to be a different person. Being myself is just fine.

Yes, it does make me who I am. If I lost all my autism, I would no longer have a sense of humor, as much intelligence as I do, or anything special about me. I would just be dull, a bleak person.

I'm autistic, and I have a GREAT personality and sense of humor. My relatives all love me because of it.

3 Having a great memory
4 Being able to cut in line
5 Having super good hearing
6 Having great attention to detail
7 You could posses great abilities

Not to be boasting, but I am pretty much a walking, talking encyclopedia because of this. I know a lot about music bands, random facts, etc. I can memorize things extremely well, to the point where it's like photographic memory. These fact-checking habits are one of the things that interest me the most, and it's probably because highly functional individuals have that savant-like ability to have knowledge on everything. It helps that I have ADHD, which fuels my interests. I'm not trying to put anything down. I'm no different from any other person who's not autistic. But I just wanted to share this out (on this list).

I have an amazing memory. I can remember family events, vacations, and the exact dates and times that certain things occurred. I even remember food that was served during certain family gatherings and also the people present and things that occurred, even though it occurred YEARS ago.

I wish I could remember academic stuff THAT well, too...

True true. I remember that one man who was mentally retarded or autistic and is a living human encyclopedia, as in he could answer almost any question about anything in the world, and he would know the answer. Dang incredible!

I have a good memory, I'm good at art & crafts (drawing included), I can cook very well, I'm good at swimming, I can dance & I'm smoking HOT!

8 Having great knowledge of dates
9 Having a great sense of smell
10 You're unique, not different

Technically, they're not synonyms.

The Contenders
11 Being less affected by the weather
12 It makes you special
13 You have a special brain that works differently than everyone else's

As someone who suffers from autism, I know this for a fact. I think a lot differently than others. I'm really weird because when I look at numbers or recite numbers, I see colors, shapes, and patterns. Is this something to worry about?

My memory is very powerful!

14 You get to be in Special Ed
15 Being able to do the same thing without getting bored
16 You will not feel alone: 1 in 68 people have autism
17 Having an IEP

This is one that I can agree with. At my school, kids with IEPs get double the time everyone else does to do a test/exam and the option to write it outside of the classroom.

I have the option to do tests outside of the class with help and use my computer for "work."

18 It makes you feel more proud of who you are
19 You are sometimes mysterious

My friend is autistic, just like me, and I remember one time at his school, the cafeteria lady brought her daughter because she had a P.A. day, and the school didn't say she could bring her. It was a little girl, maybe 4 or 5 years old, and he thought that she was cute. He was telling her, "Do you wanna go to my house and meet Gabrielle? Gabrielle is my cousin, and I know she's going to have a lot of fun with you." My friend's helper then told him, "You can't take her home with you. She belongs with her own family. How would you like it if you were taken to someone else's home away from your family? Would you feel upset?" He remembered this day like it was yesterday and just thought the little girl was so cute. He was also saying that she should bring this little girl more often. Now, every day at school, he always goes to the cafeteria lady at lunch, and the first thing he tells her is, "Bring your daughter." He just has every excuse in the book for the lady to bring her daughter. ...more

20 You can think more logically
21 You are not expected to grow up too fast

I'm 26, and I am still trying to figure out how to be an adult, but due to my autism, I still think and act like a little kid/teen sometimes. My relatives help me with it, and they are OK with it, and they accept the fact that I'm still having difficulty transitioning from a teenager to adulthood.

It feels like I grew up too fast in some ways and not at all in others. It's weird and kinda hard to explain.

22 You never grow out of your childhood video games, TV shows, toys, etc.

I had a friend who never grew out of Barney. I had another friend who never grew out of Diapers. One of my friends earned his nickname because he never grew out of his Thomas train. I never grew out of my own Video Games or T.V. Shows. Other students think I am weird because I like Nintendo and the fact that I do not like the PlayStation brand name.

My childhood is eternal, and nobody can change this fact.

23 A lot of famous people have autism
24 Being able to get your own way more often

If you don't like where you sit, make a sad face and sigh, and there you go.

25 You can act like a little kid
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