10 things teens on the autism spectrum wish you knew

August 23, 2018

On Instagram, we asked teens on the autism spectrum what they want others to know about them. Here are some of their answers:

Just because we learn things differently, that doesn’t mean we have a lower IQ.

I want people to approach me and be my friend.

I am not rude, I just don’t know how to communicate well.

I don’t understand sarcasm very well.

We are different but do not deserve to be treated differently.

I am more than just a label.

We get frustrated at ourselves for not understanding stuff and not frustrated at you.

Autism doesn’t define us, we do.

We are the best, most honest friends you could imagine.

Contrary to popular belief, I do have feelings and care for people.