What Is Autism?, in Plain Language

Autistic Academic

EDIT: Lei at Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance (PACLA) made a flyer version of this essay, which you can download and distribute freely by clicking this link [pdf].

My seven-year-old niece recently had bestowed upon her a piece of paper that confirms what I’ve been saying for a year now: THIS KID IS ME.

By which I mean she’s one of us.

To welcome her into her newly-recognized autistic family, I enlisted the community’s help.  We put together a book of welcoming messages, artwork, and short informational articles she could use to learn more about what it means to be, not only autistic, but capital-A Autistic.

This is the first of the three short essays I included.

 What is Autism?
Autism is one of the many different variations of human brain. Because our brains are wired differently than most people’s brains, we think, say, and act in…

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