(Noun) a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts
Ever really looked at that definition? What it is to be considered “autistic”? Notice how the words “Weird” or “Scary” or “Challenged” were never used? People (especially high school-ers) should really look, and try to see what it’s like from their shoes.
Colin Ozeki age 17 (in 2016), is the brutally honest autistic senior. He describes his inability to communicate well, and his lacking self-confidence as a challenge to be met, not as a “disability”, just what makes him different, and unique. That’s how all autistic students, or adults, or children, should view themselves, as unique.
Khan, Yasmeen. “Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond.” NPR, NPR, 18 Dec. 2016, http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/18/504426379/getting-students-with-autism-through-high-school-to-college-and-beyond.