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Why I couldn’t be happier about my son’s letter from school

Autism Speaks received a message from Lindsay Smith about her son Mitchell, who is on the autism spectrum. He did something amazing for a fellow classmate and was acknowledged by his school in the letter below. 

Lindsay wrote:

"This letter came in the mail last week for my son, Mitchell. It was simply amazing. Just being a proud mom, I posted it on Facebook, someone saw it posted it on Ellen's Facebook page. 

What we didn't tell the world that made this story so special, is that Mitchell has Asperger's, and those who are aren't generally known for their empathy toward others. My son has learned strength through adversity, kindness through cruelty, happiness through anxiety, and wisdom from maturity...all because he has a dash of autism. He admires his strengths, worries about his weaknesses, and is afraid others won't see him as "normal". Of course, he's not normal. He was born to do extraordinary things like this for others!"

We salute you Mitchell! Keep up the good work!

Autism Speaks worked with the National Center for Learning Disabilities, PACER’s National Bullying Center and Ability Path in partnership with the documentary film "Bully" to raise awareness about how bullying affects children with special needs. 

Learn more about our bullying resources through our Combating Bullying web portal which includes a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators and students dealing with bullying.

You can also find a post on 7 Steps to Take a Stand Against Bullying here.

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