A Military Kid's Perspective on World Autism Day
What is tough for autistic military kids?
“One thing about being an autistic military kid is the constant change. Many of us have problems when things change. Our brains sometimes hate it … and don’t know how to properly process [it]. So, moves can be very hard.”
What would you want to tell the military community about its autistic members?
“We don’t have a deficiency or a mistake in our brains. We just think in another way that (neurotypical people) can’t.”
How do you feel about being identified as autistic/neurodivergent?
“I feel fantastic about it. It gives me abilities and strengths neurotypical people don’t have.”
What would you tell parents of newly-identified autistic kids?
“Life will get easier once *YOU* adapt to your children’s needs. Once you’ve adapted, it gets a lot better.”
Why is autism acceptance and education so important?
“It is important because 30-40% of the world’s population is believed to be neurodiverse. That’s 2.37 billion people that NEED to be accepted and to be helped throughout their lives. School can help with the newer generations of neurodiverse people.”
Interview by Logan, A Military kid and a Rockstar!
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