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

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

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.

I’m not

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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

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

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

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. - idontreallycare

Girls Have It Too

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10 It's not uncommon to have it

The Newcomers

? It affects us mentally
? We are not "bad"

The Contenders

11 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

12 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

13 It has a spectrum and each sufferer is different.

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


14 Autistic people are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide

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.

Not me but this still sounds serious.

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

15 We love things little kids like

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

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

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

17 We need help to succeed in school

And life, too

18 We are more prone to depression
19 There is a high unemployment rate for autistic people
20 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

21 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.

22 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.

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