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Thanks to C for sharing this story of her sons' autism. Please send your stories to me KimRossi1111@gmail.com. Thank you.
Hi. I have 2 sons (A, 22, ASD and B, 21, PDD-NOS).
My son, A (22) is very smart. Got straight-A’s in high school, and even scored in the superior range in his Social Studies Texas TAKS test (high school assessment). Basically, the following is an example of why, even though he is “high functioning”, he’ll never function normally (hold a job, drive, marry….):
One weekend, his favorite YouTube video game player was having a “video-thon” to raise money for a children’s cancer research fund. By Saturday night, he was furious and yelling how their constant asking for money, and the dollar amounts scrolling on the bottom was “RUINING EVERYTHING” of his video enjoyment. He said it was just making everyone feel bad about not even contributing $5. I said that we could contribute $5, thinking it would make him feel better; it made him happy. About 5 minutes later, I heard screams from his room. “They’re still asking for money!” he yelled at me, fists raised, when I entered the room.
Also, just an observation. Twenty years ago, I had never heard of Autism. At first, when I told people about Autism, they had never heard of it either. As the years have gone by, when I mention that my sons are on the spectrum, they not only know what it is, but always have a kid next door, niece, nephew, grandchild, or child of their own on the spectrum. The funny part is, no one mentions knowing someone on the spectrum who is an older neighbor, aunt, uncle, dad, mom, brother, or sister. If diagnosis have gotten so much better, where are the 2-3% of adults on the spectrum?