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 Having a great memory
3 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.

4 Being able to cut in line
5 Having super good hearing
6 Having great attention to detail
7 Having great knowledge of dates
8 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).

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 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?

13 Being able to do the same thing without getting bored
14 It makes you special
15 You get to be in Special Ed
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 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.

19 You can think more logically
20 It makes you feel more proud of who you are
21 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. Here is an example of a funny one. "I would like to eat the giantest ice cream, the biggest in the world, and I need it by Monday. You have to make one for me and my cousin to share. Can you please do that?" The lunch lady then said, "Well, OK," then he said, "YES! But it can only work if you do me one favor. You have to bring your daughter. If you don't bring her, then it can't work. But if you do bring her, then it can work. And then your daughter, me, and my cousin can all share the giantest ice cream in the world." His one-on-one supporter then told him, "She can't bring her child every day. Her child needs to go to school. You are just making excuses for her to bring her child." I just think that this is crazy. I mean, what does bringing a child have to do with making ice cream? And also, use your common sense. Like I mentioned earlier, this little girl was maybe 4 or 5 years old. And that the one-on-one supporter said she needs to go to school. She was right when she said that. 4... more

22 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.

23 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.

24 A lot of famous people have autism
25 You can act like a little kid
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