What Do You Wish People Knew About Autism?
Individuals from organizations throughout the New York metro area share the things they wish people knew about people with autism.
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“That they are unique and should not be stereotyped based on outdated depictions shown in the media. Also, that each of them is unique in their own way and they deserve compassion and respect.”
–Kpana Kpoto, an INCLUDEnyc staffer, Bronx
“I wish people knew that some [people with autism] who struggle with social communications are also emotionally intelligent.”
–Lori Podvesker, Brooklyn
“With the support they need, they don't have limits! They can be whatever they want to be. It may take longer, but they will.”
–Pia Fouilloux, Brooklyn
“Many people who fall somewhere on the autism spectrum are extremely observant. This often leads to having sharp-witted senses of humor. I am constantly laughing when I am around one friend in particular.”
–Maggie Downham, Brooklyn
“I have been supporting individuals with autism for 13 years now. During my time, I have met some of the most talented, passionate, and hardworking people who thrive when they are included. If we took the time to educate ourselves and create individualized environmental supports to enhance inclusivity, society would not only benefit economically, we would become more compassionate and understanding people.”
–Jeremy Scalchunes, vocational supervisor at the Nicholas Center, Long Island