Lessons to learn from Autistic people

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We humans are complex beings. The way we communicate, co-exist, etc, is unique from one another. But there are some, outstanding from the usual crowd, ones that are special and distinctive in a way that can’t be matched, each a puzzle with numerous layers underneath — they are autistic people. To give you a little background — Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation.

Learning is a never-ending part of life, and each person we meet, read about, or have known in some way, teaches us things that stick with us, and, autistic people are ones that have a lot to offer. They remind you of the basic lessons that you must carry on throughout life. And to speak, I have had some personal experience with autistic children, when I was a volunteer at The Care and Special Education Department, in my school.

Here are 5 picks on the lessons, some that I learned from experience, and some I acquired from research and understanding:

  1. Embracing uniqueness.

Embrace every aspect that defines you, but at the same time also embrace the uniqueness of others around you. Treat everyone alike, and share everything there is, unconditionally and regardlessly.

2. Find happiness in the little things.

Happiness is a state of mind. Appreciate the little things and small moments in life, focus on counting your blessings. Be thankful for the things you have now, that you once hoped for.

3. Celebrate even the smallest victories.

No achievement is big or small. Don’t weigh yourself down because of things that didn’t work out or the things that you couldn’t do; look at ability instead of disability. The little wins count more than you give credit to them.

4. Be persistence

Not everything will work out at the first shot. Know what you want, be uncompromising, and take on obstacles and roadblocks with strength and courage. Great things take time and therefore require lots of patience.

5. Laugh and smile unapologetically.

Even with uncertainties, always smile and cry happy tears. Life is unfair, but it only takes perspective to look at things differently, so be optimistic and always throw a feel-good attitude.

Contributed by- Shravya Srinivas, Content Writer @Mitti Ke Rang

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