My Name Is Michael Mendon And I Have Autism. At first, I walked because I wanted to help myself. At that time, all I ever wanted was acceptance for 'who I am.' Being 'different' was difficult and lonely. It seemed I was alone, even when surrounded by people, I still felt alone. Sometimes I just wanted to be like everyone else because it is easier. As I became more involved in helping with the walk, people didn't even notice any of my 'abnormalities.' It gave me the only thing that I ever wanted - - acceptance.