For many years, I was skeptical, but years passing by, I start to
think more and more that it is an advantage especially in this era to
be living with autism.
I will not argue the fact that anyone living with autism is currently
having important challenges. They are massive. Almost any individual
whohave autism have different individual needs which are sometimes
important with very few resources in the vast majority of cases.
Living with autism also means that cases of depression, other mental
illness and even in some cases suicide (when no other solution is
possible) are common. Things like depression and obsessive-compulsive
behavior which I personally must deal with everyday are not an easy
thing to deal with for anyone, and even in this age of great medical
progress, even the best medication available have limits, and many
people with autism have no choice to be in a cycle of medication for
the rest of their lives.
But as much as great challenges are there, I am proud to be who I am,
I will not change it for everything in the world. A »cure » is not
needed for a condition like autism, we need instead ways to help
people with autism have a better everyday life.
There is indeed way too many average people in the world, we need more
then ever people who think unlike others and do things which even if
are considered strange for some or out of the ordinary for others, are
Why? Because having a form of autism is making me think differently,
it could be for small things, but I believe that my handicap in the
areas of social relations and social etiquette is compensated with a
sense of rigor and analysis that many people would only dream of
having. We never know what the future reserve us in term of ideas. One
person who have an idea which is considered crazy now and which is
seen as a freak or a quasi-pariah could be considered a visionary
genius in a few decades from today.
Also, as par with almost anyone who have an handicap, people living
with a condition like autism tend to be audacious, because you need
more audacity than many others to win (or even to lose) battles.
Whatever your strengths and weakness, you take nothing for granted
when you have ups and downs when your mind is sometimes like a roller
Of course, to conclude this text, I could not argue that great
progress was done in the last few years in accepting people who are
different, but in many cases, sadly, there is still a closed door
attitude which sadly is based on stereotypes and old folks tales and
not based on taking each individual who have autism as who he is.
Even if change is done with small baby steps (as it is usually done in
this domain), any positive change will be significant in a condition
so complex and which we still know which we still know very little