AnanditaRS

12 Years

52 Years

N.S.N Memorial School

Chennai

Autistic Pride Day – My Neurodiverse Friend And I Are Not That Different | Bookosmia

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

 

Read with Sara stories for kids by kids R.S.Anandita Chennai BookosmiaToday is Autistic Pride day! 12 year old R S Anandita, a Bookosmian from Chennai writes a powerful essay about what it means to have a friend on the autism spectrum.
She goes to NSN Chitlapakam.
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Autism is not any kind of superpower! Autistic children are not that different.

 

I have a friend who is different from me and I don’t treat her any differently. We both do the same kind of stuff that neurotypical friends would do.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

 

Since my friend is on the spectrum, I would:

 

• Not judge her actions
• See her as real
• Not urge her to enjoy whatever I do because if I do she will start to feel like an impostor
• Be there for her
• Raise hope for her future

I want to tell you about my friend who is on the spectrum.

 

I met her in my 2nd grade, but since I wasn’t cognizant about autism those days, I didn’t give much importance to her. I frequently saw her sitting quietly in one corner and not talking to anyone.

 

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

Once I reached my seventh grade she was in my class again! Coincidence, of course! As days passed I came to know a lot about autism and special children.

Then I started conversing with her and liked her a lot! Days went on and my half yearly exams were nearing and my teacher asked me to pair up with her and help her study. I agreed enthusiastically! We both studied together in the free time and had a great time.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

Sadly, the exams got cancelled due to covid but I am hoping that she is empowering herself and making use of this lockdown.

During certain days, I would see her getting bullied by the children in my school and she would start to cry. My friends and I would console and confront the children and make them understand her situation.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

I also remember my birthday where she gifted me a sweet note with a photo of both of us! I revere that gift!

Here’s to many more years of our everlasting friendship!

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2 Responses

  1. Hai Anandita . You look like a Himalayan. So very proud. Thank you. Again I say I love you.
    God be with you.
    Loveable friend
    Ilampirai.

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