I believe that I can do what neurotypical people do, but I need to do things in a different way. I see autism as a gift that I have been given. People see it and feel bad. I get to do things no one else can such as, see therapists that think I am amazing and go on trips to learn about RPM. RPM stands for rapid prompting method and was created by Soma Mukhopadhyay. It is a way of communicating and learning. I use a letter board to speak because I am non-verbal. It has given me a voice beyond what I could have imagined. People have tried to make me communicate in different ways before, but I couldn’t stand the limitations.
There are many methods and ideas surrounding autism. I feel that intellectual handicaps with autism are over diagnosed because we can’t speak. If you couldn’t speak, would you want to be talked to like a toddler? It is really degrading and hurtful to me. I believe anyone could benefit from this way of life. People just need to try to understand and listen to us like we matter. I have had a few special people who really get me and it has changed my life. They took the time to get to know me and I have been able to make great progress because of it! I hope that reading this will help you open your heart and mind to people with autism because we really are awesome.