17 Wishes from an Adult with Autism
This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University. He started the club Student Disability Awareness on campus to help spread awareness and raise funds for those affected by autism. Autism Speaks U is a program designed for college students who host awareness, advocacy and fundraising events, while supporting their local autism communities.
If I had to make a list, this is what I would wish for the Autism Community…
1. I wish that acceptance was easier to come by.
2. I wish that loving one another was always on our mind.
3. I wish that an “early diagnosis” remains a high priority.
4. I wish that people would stop calling autism a disease.
5. I wish that communication becomes easier for everyone with autism. We are trying.
6. I wish that we find more treatments to enhance the lives of people with autism.
7. I wish that insurance for autism gets passed in all 50 states.
8. I wish that the government would understand the need for services for the autistic in schools.
9. I wish that autistic individuals can one day live their lives independently.
10. I wish that I was capable of helping more.
11. I wish that people would stop using the words “socially awkward” and “retard” in a negative way.
12. I wish we raise awareness for all with disabilities. Those of us living with a disability are doing our very best.
13. I wish for those who are or love someone who is on the spectrum that you know that we are moving forward every single day.
14. I wish that all of our voices can be heard.
15. I wish everyone will follow the words of one of my favorite performers of all time, Michael Jackson who sang in his song called, “Man in the Mirror”, If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.
16. I wish you all knew me when I was 4, when I was diagnosed with autism. For a long time I was lost. Scared of myself and what I was capable of. I never thought I would be where I am today… but I did it. I graduated from Seton Hall University this past May and will be going to Graduate School for Strategic Communications in the fall to boot. So for my final wish:
17. I wish for you all to always live life with hope. I wish that your days are filled with hope for a better tomorrow, and for today no matter how dark life gets sometimes that you realize you’re never alone. I wish this for you…
* I encourage everyone in the Autism Community to remember that we must come together as a true community to put our best foot forward. I know we all have a lot of wishes out there so let’s avoid distractions and focus on progress so we can all, “Make a Difference”. You can also find this article in the SFGate here.
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