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 Things You Need to Know About Autism

1 We have a hard time making friends

Yeah I agree sometimes it was hard for me to make friends, some turned on me, I was able to make some school friends sometimes it hard to talk to new people when nervous - trains45

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

Yeah I don't like some loud noises, some of them I could handle, like the fire alarm at school, the train horn up close, fireworks, and loud thunder unless lightning hit my house, or something in my yard, some loud noises, like loud music or loud machines are hard to handle, a concert would be hard to enjoy without earpugs - trains45

Not my sister - Luckys

True I have autism and I hate loud sounds!

Not me. For some reason, I don’t have sensory issues.

3 We have a hard time with simple stuff

Yeah some can be hard sometimes I remember a simple part in a game seemed hard when I first played - trains45


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

Yeah I get mad easier sometimes it not fun to get mad easier - trains45

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

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

True but I have control over it

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

Yeah, I had some good things, I remember get 100% or 1 or 2 wrong on a spelling test a lot in grade 6 - trains45

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

10 It's not uncommon to have it

The Contenders

11 Vaccines do not cause autism

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

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

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

12 Autistic people are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide


Supa supa supa suicidal

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.

13 It's not a mental illness

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.

It's a CONDITION. - Cyri

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

14 We love things little kids like

I used to like the bearstain bears until I was 13, I grew out of them in august 2012 - trains45

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

15 It has a spectrum and each sufferer is different.

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


16 We say things we do not really mean!

I ask people if they married their sisters

I really need to think before I speak sometimes

17 "autistic" is not a synonym for "annoying" or "stupid"

I’m autistic and people call me annoying I have absolutely no friends at school

Non-autistic people can be annoying, too!

18 We have trouble understanding sarcasm and may not have much sense of humour

I’m autistic and I understand sarcasm and I can also be the queen of being sarcastic so there

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

19 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...

20 We need help to succeed in school

And life, too

21 We love the abcs
22 We have meltdowns/temper tantrums

Yeah I do sometimes, it can be hard to control sometimes - trains45

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.

23 We are more prone to depression

Yeah sometimes - trains45

24 There is a high unemployment rate for autistic people
25 We have a hard time in social situations

Yeah I always did with personal space - trains45

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

26 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.

27 We are slow when it comes to learning

Not always some stuff I good at, or enjoy, it was easy to learn computer work and photoshop and final cut pro x at school - trains45

28 We are humans not animals
29 We are smart, not stupid
30 We have a hard time controlling our anger
31 We have a hard time talking to people

Yeah sometimes especially with new people - trains45

32 We get scared/nervous/anxious more easily
33 It is not the same as adhd
34 We are not babies or toddlers
35 We are smarter than you think
36 We have different logic than people without autism
37 We view the world differently than people without autism
38 We are more prone to jealousy
39 We have a hard time explaining our feelings
40 We are not "bad"
41 It affects us mentally
42 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.

43 We do things we don't mean to
44 We are more talented than you think

Most autistic people have things that they are really good at, such as math, memory, etc.

I’m autistic and I’m really good with computers.

Just don’t expect us to be savants.

45 We usually look younger than our real age

I’m autistic and I am an adult but everyone thinks that I’m a teenager because I look so young.

46 We have trouble fitting in
47 Our senses are more sensitive

Besides being sensitive to noises and sound, we can also be sensitive to tastes, texture, etc.

48 We have a short attention span

I'm autistic and I get distracted and tend to multitask all the time. I also don't really pay attention to stuff I'm doing and I end up dropping/misplacing stuff.

They also don't pay attention to dangerous situations and they end up hurting themselves/others.

49 We get bullied very easily

Yeah it not fun, I got bullied sometimes in school, they did eventually stop after awhile - trains45

50 We are not overgrown toddlers
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