Final words from Ellen Notbohm, author of “Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew.”


“It may be true that I’m not good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed that I don’t lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates or pass judgment on other people? Also true that I probably won’t be the next Michael Jordan. But with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus…

I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh.

They had autism too.

VanGogh-starry_night_ballance1Image: Wikipedia, CC

All that I might become won’t happen without you as my foundation. Think through some of those societal ‘rules’ and if they don’t make sense for me, let them go. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we’ll see just how far I can go.