Top 10 Things Autistic People are Most Tired of Hearing

The Top Ten
1 "Why don't you get friends?"

Well, joke's on you. I already have a good amount of friends (no, they are not imaginary/non-existent). And by the way, why don't you get a soul?

Why don't the people who say this get a life, a brain AND some real friends?

I'm not even autistic and I have no friends.

Why don't you get a brain, a life, and a heart?

2 "You're faking it for attention"

Yes, my years having no friends, developmental delays, sensory pain, struggles to stick to a daily routine, etc. are all a performance JUST FOR YOU. You're THAT SPECIAL. (/sarcasm) And autism has neutral and good parts too, but clearly you don't care, because you're only interested in putting me down. If you are going to be like that, then please give me 0 more seconds of your attention. Yes, I mean leaving. I strongly dislike your attention. Please have a nice day, somewhere else.

This is the worst thing you could say to someone that has autism. Why would someone want to draw attention with that excuse? It's horrible, I think nobody would want to do something like that.

How could someone even say this? Why would you fake something like this? The really sad thing is that I can see the popular people at my school saying this to someone with autism.

But the thing is why would anyone want to pretend they have something that most people make fun of?

3 "Vaccines cause Autism"

I have anti-vaxxer parents and I know what this feels like. My parents believe that autism is caused by thiomersal (hasn't been used in vaccines since 2001 and I didn't even exist back then) and that before vaccines, autism was very rare and came from mercury getting in the water. Then they tell me that the world would be worse if there were no autistic people! They told me that I was a typical child until I got my flu shot and MMR together, then I became very sick and became autistic. They want me to no longer be autistic. I want to tell them that Andrew Wakefield was a fraud, but I am afraid that there won't believe me. They believe the government is hiding this, and that this is possibly to do research on autism by making kids autistic. The reason why autism diagnoses increased over the years is because as we know more about autism, the diagnosis criteria change, thus changing the amount of people diagnosed. I only realized this when my mom had me watched Vaxxed last December. It ...more

This is why I hate antivaxxers. Not because all their stupid claims have been scientifically disproven, but because claiming that "vaccines cause autism" basically means that they'd rather their child die than be born with autism. Many, MANY talented people were on the high end of the spectrum, including Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon, computer pioneer Bill Gates, Albert Einstein (who needs no introduction), IIRC the guy that created Pokémon also had aspergers', etc. Not all autistic people are the "mentally slow" type, the high end of the spectrum consists mainly of people with an above-average IQ level.

There is proof vaccines don't cause autism. Even if they did you should still get your child vaccinated. Tell me which one is worse: Worse case scenario with autism, you can't speak. Worse case scenario with one of these diseases, you now have a dead child because you wouldn't vaccinate them and now they've died from a disease you could have prevented.

Autism is obviously not caused by vaccines. It is a condition that people are born with. I get very annoyed upset when I hear news about children dying from the flu because their stupid parents refused to vaccinate them.

4 "Autism is a disease that needs to be cured"

Some people really need to get this into their uneducated brain. For the love of Christ, WHY do people take autism as a disease?

Definitely sick of hearing this especially with annoying Autism programs like Autism Speaks that make it seem like it's a disease or virus. It's not that, it's just a birth defect and hearing this garbage makes me cringe.

It basically is saying we shouldn't exist and that hurts. Imagine being told your very existence needs to be cured. Hurts, doesn't it?

Autism makes you smarter. Stop it with all the stereotypes about playing Minecraft, screeching, or self-mutilation. It sickens me.

5 "Stop covering your ears"

It is annoying. When I'm in the cafeteria at school, I can barely hear my friends because people are yelling across the room, and they start having a casual yelling conversation, even though they are told not to.

I ALWAYS put on headphones/earbuds whenever my relatives starts speaking in baby talk, mostly when they're speaking to babies, toddlers, or my cousins. If they are not extremely loud, I blast my music so I can drone out them talking.

"If you want me to suffer, then I can go ahead and stop covering my ears! " Since our ears are more sensitive, loud noises can be painful to us. This is why I wear headphones so much.

I have Aspergers and this is literally the most annoying thing ever. If you are shouting across the room with a person you know cannot handle that, stop yelling!

6 "You should really talk more"

Me: You should really shut up more.

But would you rather have me be quiet and never speak, or talk and "annoy you all to death?" There's a reason I don't talk to many people.

People have told this to me before, but when I start taking no one listens.

Maybe I'm too shy to be able to have the ability talk all the time like you.

I do talk a decent amount, but people always tell me to speak up.

7 "Bronies are the highest form of Autism"

I'm under the spectrum, and I HATE MLP. I wish I could torture Rarity. And what if the person with autism has never heard of MLP. Saying autistic people, I hate to say this word, are retarded even though they are stupid because what if there's a baby on the spectrum? A newborn? You think THEY'RE a MLP fan, huh?

Putting people who just so happened to have a disorder no one else can accept or understand in a sentence with adult men that make porn from little girls shows is super insulting though.

Although I'm not a MLP fan myself, I think that just because they like the show doesn't mean that they have autism, and people should respect other's opinions.

Also, I don't mean autistic people are stupid, sorry if it came across as that to you.

8 "You are retarded"

I'm not offended by the word most of the time. But when people assume I'm in fact congenitally/Intellectually delayed just because I have autism, that's when it does offend me. Most autistic people are very smart people, and me as an autistic, I would say I have at least an average level of intelligence, if not slightly higher than average. Autism most of the time does not affect intelligence, the only time it does is in severe versions of it, which is more rare than you think.

I LOVE using that word (to call people stupid, not mentally disabled by the way), but if you're using it to call someone disabled, prepare for me to act like Freddy Krueger when he killed Joey...

God, I get this a lot, I have high functioning autism and hate it when people say this to me.. "there are two retarded kids in our class" no we are autistic..

Autism is a social disorder, making it hard for kids who have it to be social. Autism is not in any way related to the intellectual part of the brain.

9 "You're mentally challenged"
10 "Autistic = disabled"
The Contenders
11 "Wait, you're autistic? You have that disease thing?"

One time I was at an all autism party my parents sent me to and there was those two kids my age that hanged around a party and they didn't know it was an all autism party and when they found out they just shouted "WHAT? I'm in a disease party for sick people?! "

Autism is not a disease.

I know but it is annoying.

12 "Why can't you take a joke for once?"

YES. Some of the jokes that people in my family tell me wouldn't even be funny who ISN'T autistic! I don't see WHO would laugh at being forced into doing something else that you have already done and didn't like as a joke.

I always feel embarrassed when it comes to me and my family, it's like I melt into the ground of shame in under a split second, it feel that bad y'know... We are not stupid

13 "You're such a baby"

One time, My classmate, who has autism, throw a tantrum while I was trying to forcing him to watch my anime clip, Trigun, through my phone and called him a baby.

I know right some autistic people get butthurt over small jokes and I don't really like it since I tell a lot of jokes though most aren't really pffence. Anyway they're pretty cool once you understand them

No, but he won't look at my anime video. how do I get him to pay attention to my video clip through my phone?

14 "Are you retarded?"

Just because there are fully grown individuals who are functionally and mentally at the level of a toddler (as in today's radio broadcast of "This American Life") that (perhaps partly due to such media descriptions) the general population associates with autism, that does not mean the majority of autistics are that way.
Also, having cerebral palsy does not make someone the "r" word, so stop calling them that!

It depends what you mean. A disability yes, can't function or take care of my basic needs no it vary's a lot

15 "If you are a teenager, why do you watch Super Why!? You love it?"

I mean seriously they watch the wiggles which is weird.

I'm an autistic 13 year old who doesn't watch children's' shows anymore.

That's me but it's with The Backyardigans.

16 "You are going to have it for the rest of your life"

Yes, I knew that from the very start. However, I'm completely cool with that.

I know that, yes. Does it bother me? No!

Unfortunately, that's a fact.

Good for me, makes me smarter.

17 "Repent to the Lord and ask him to take that evil autistic spirit out of you"

No, you repent! God made me an aspie on purpose. It is a trade off of social and motor skills for intellectual and creative skills. I have a purpose for society, whether big or small! So, you should repent for your rejection of neurodiversity, and ask that the evil spirit of discrimination be taken out of you!

...ok I must admit, I am a little devil sometimes (always, tee hee) but autism is not an evil spirit, I only need one evil spirit! (I should troll my father tomorrow, maybe cover his office in tin foil? )

18 "You're faking it for excuses"

I am not faking it

19 "Do you like Sonic?"

Just because someone has autism doesn't mean they like Sonic or YouTube Poops.

20 "Milk causes autism"

Oh no. First "vaccines cause autism" and now this.

Everybody drinks milk when they were little. Does that mean that EVERY person that existed on this planet has autism? NO! >:(

21 "Quit being so sensitive"
22 "You're a weirdo"
23 "What is wrong with you?"

No one has actually said this to me in a mean way, but I've heard this many times. I kick my feet and scrunch up my hands when I lose feeling in them. I have meltdowns. My teachers are always helping me out with everything that everyone else does easily. I understand why they might wonder, but there is nothing wrong with me. Also, I tend to really hate annoying people.

I've heard this so many times in my life. There's nothing wrong with me! And people don't get it. Life is hard.

I'm tired, that's what.

24 "Mr. No Humor"

Everyone's got their own sense of humour. That is why I don't laugh at the same things you laugh at. Besides, you can never have too many puns (at least when you're me).

I'm autistic and I have a sense of humour. I tell jokes, and laugh at jokes.

Who are you talking to? I'm not a boy.

25 "I bet all you watch is cartoons and nothing else"

I remember a couple of girls bullying me for a similar thing when I was 7.

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