David, 12.

Where I live differs depending on the time. During the school week I stay with my mother and three brothers, but every fortnight I stay with my father and my step-mother. My three brothers come as well, and my step-brother. In other words, I am always moving.

I always believe in myself and persist in what I do. I tend to get angry if I lose, but my family always helps me in that category. In my spare time I’m always on some sort of technology, like watching YouTube or writing a story on my laptop. But when I have a lot of spare time I draw. I love to do it and I am very good at it, or so I am told. And I always have a good time doing it.

Autism to me means a difference of a simple thing in the mind that makes a whole new person in reality. It means that you are unique. Autism to me is a gift. Some may say that Autism is a downgrade in one thing, but it is an upgrade in a lot more. In the end, Autism to me is the thing that makes me, the thing that builds me, the thing that is my guide.

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