This was an article in our county’s long-term support newsletter.  Just thought that I’d share…

Blessed Are Those…An Autistic Child’s Perspective — Author Unknown

  1. Blessed are those who stop and listen to my chatter.  You may not understand me; but I love when people talk to me, for I long for companionship, too.
  2. Blessed are those who take my hand and walk with me when the path is rough, for I easily stumble and grow weary.  But thank you, too, for letting me walk alone when the path is smooth, for I must learn independence.
  3. Blessed are those who take the time to tell me about special happenings, for unless you make special effort to inform me, I remain ignorant.
  4. Blessed are those who wait for me.  I may be slow, but I appreciate your patience.
  5. Blessed are those who are not ashamed to be seen in public with me, for I did not choose to be born thus.  It could have been you as well.
  6. Blessed are those who do not pity me, for I don’t want pity.  All I want is understanding and respect for what I have learned as well.
  7. Blessed are those who notice my accomplishments, small as they may seem to you.  I must work long and hard to learn many of the things you take for granted.
  8. Blessed are those who include me in their games, even though I may not understand the rules.  I still like to be included in your activities.
  9. Blessed are those who think of me as a person who loves and hurts, and feels joy and pain just like you do, for in that respect I am normal.