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Acceptance of Autism Poem

This guest post is from Scott Lentine, a 26-year-old with autism from Billerica, Massachusetts. Scott is an office intern at the Arc of Massachusetts and writes poetry at His blog is part of an ongoing series on our site called "In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum," which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism.

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Wanting to be free

Wanting to be me

Trying to make people see

And accept the real me


Some people think my voice is too loud

And that my mannerisms strike them as being odd

This perception of me by others keeps me feeling blue

But there are plenty of struggles in life that I must get through

I am determined to show my critics my true personality

Hoping that people move away from their narrow-minded mentalities

I want them to know that I am a bright young man

Who is willing to take on as many challenges in life as I can


I want to make new friends and create a new start

I like to develop new relationships with an open heart

I hope to be accepted for the person that I am


So people can understand a true autistic man


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The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.