Things You Need to Know About Autism

I'm autistic if you are wondering. And more people need be aware about that some people with it can't control this stuff!

The Top Ten

1 We have a hard time making friends

What about that Albert Einstein had autism?

I got diagnosed with autism today & I can totally aggree with this. - Fretto

We also have a hard time saying hi to family we don’t see often. I’m autistic. Last year I went to a wedding in San Francisco. My relatives and cousins were all talking a lot to each others during the tea ceremony. (Some were from LA, some were from San Francisco, and some were from Philly like me). I had trouble saying hi to everyone because either I don’t know how to approach them while they were talking to others since I’m not in the right age range among them (everyone is either older or younger than me, so I don’t really fit in with them. I was 25 and many of my cousins were either in their 30s or teens) or everyone seems to not acknowledge my existence :(

2 We are sensitive to loud noises

True I have autism and I hate loud sounds!

When it was my 12. birthday, I invited a few friends and my mom turned on my favorite music, and even if everyone agreed it's not loud, I said it was too loud... so please don't make loud noises around autistic people. It can make us nervous.

This is true. While I may not have it worse than other people do I'm very sensitive to loud noises.

Such as fire alarms and tornado sirens.

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3 We have a hard time with simple stuff


I’m 26 and I have no idea how to cook on the stove. I Want to learn, but my mom is ridiculously overprotective of me and thinks that if I cook with the stove, I’ll accidentally burn the entire house down, so she won’t let me do it.

4 The person can't control it at times
5 We can get mad easier

I also have depression and anxiety which I read can also cause angry issues so I get angry really easily.

True but I have control over it

Eh I get a but angry sometimes but it's rare for me to get SUPER angry! When I am super angry I all of a sudden gain infinite strength so I am strong enough to flip over furniture. Moral: Don't make me angry! - Lunala

6 We want more space

I went to an event at the library and little kids were taking my personal space. I hate it when people take my personal space and especially when random people crash into you and stuff. - Lunala

7 Could be smarter than the average kid in school

I'm smart and I hate know it alls. But I do have a really bad knack for unintentionally ending up as the teacher's pet because I never talk in class (and most kids my age talk a lot in class). - Lunala

8 Movements that are hard to control
9 Boys could get it easier

I wish girls got it more I was told girls who are lazy, dirty, and/or childish are the weirdest human beings. So I was the only girl in special ed until only 2 GIRLS CAME! I wonder if they have autism too. I have a mild autism so yeah

It's a fact. Boys get it more often than girls. That doesn't mean girls never get it. They're just less likely to get it than boys.

This is wrong because people are born with autism but studies show that boys have it more than girls.

Girls Have It Too

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10 It's not uncommon to have it

The Newcomers

? We do things we don't mean to
? We are not driving you crazy

We just have have a hard time communicating to others and expressing our feelings which is why we tend to get frustrated and angry easily.

The Contenders

11 Autistic people are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide

I'm autistic and I think that suicide is HORRIBLE

Uh I don't mean to be rude, but I'm don't think it's a good thing to put "Autistic people are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide" on this list because:
1. Not all autistic people are like that.
2. I find that DEEPLY disturbing, especially if that person either has an autism, or if they know someone with autism.
3. Autistic people can be very UPSET about this, especially if they saw that.

I can agree with this. Everybody bullies us to death! - Slipperyjack40

Not me but this still sounds serious.

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12 It's not a mental illness

It's a CONDITION. - Cyri

So I just saw a popular list of the Worst Mental Illnesses just a few minutes ago, wondering what were the worst ones. Guess what was on there? That's right, Autism! UGH! I HATE it when people say its an illness and that it ruins their lives! In many ways, it can actually IMPROVE one's life!

It's not a mental disorder. It's a dysfunctional one.

Autism is called a superpower! Get it through your heads! Retarded and autism are completely different things! - Slipperyjack40

13 Vaccines do not cause autism

Even if they did, an autistic child is better than a dead one.

Please stop with that rumor. Please vaccinate your children. - SwagFlicks

I hated anti-vax at first since they were letting them and their kids get illnesses but when they spread the "vaccines cause autism" myth my hatred for these anti-vaxxers increased. Now I hate them more than ever. - Lunala

14 It has a spectrum and each sufferer is different.

Well, "sufferer" is a bit harsh, but yes. - Cyri


15 We love things little kids like

I'm autistic and I love the Backyardigans

It depends. I'm autistic and while I like cartoons like Disney's Hercules and Rugrats, I really hate baby shows like Barney, and I also like "grownup" stuff like "Criminal Minds" and "Hell's Kitchen"

I agree because I love The Backyardigans. - Ilovestephanie

16 A lot of famous people have autism

Albert Einstein had autism and he was one of the smartest people of all time! - Slipperyjack40

Bill Gates, Isaac Newton, The guy who made Pokemon happen...

17 We need help to succeed in school

And life, too

18 We love the abcs


19 We say things we do not really mean!

I really need to think before I speak sometimes

20 We have meltdowns/temper tantrums

True I’m autistic and I sometimes rage and freak out whenever I get mad. I try very hard to control my anger most of the time, though.

21 We are more prone to depression
22 There is a high unemployment rate for autistic people
23 We have trouble understanding sarcasm and may not have much sense of humour

I have a sense of humor but no one understands it :( - Slipperyjack40

24 We have a hard time in social situations

I had trouble saying hi to my relatives that I haven't seen FOR YEARS while attending a wedding once.

25 We have a hard time growing up

I'm an adult and I still act like a little kid/teen sometimes due to my autism. My family helps me with this life stage.

26 We are slow when it comes to learning
27 We are humans not animals
28 We are smart, not stupid
29 We have a hard time controlling our anger
30 We have a hard time talking to people
31 We get scared/nervous/anxious more easily
32 It is not the same as adhd
33 We are not babies or toddlers
34 We are smarter than you think
35 We have different logic than people without autism
36 We view the world differently than people without autism
37 We are more prone to jealousy
38 We have a hard time explaining our feelings
39 We are not "bad"
40 It affects us mentally
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