Jenna

Jenna, 14.

Jenna

I’m a half-American girl living in Australia and I’m on the Autism Spectrum. My hobbies include drawing, cosplay, crafts and watching a whole lot of Transformers and anime. I’m starting to learn programming and game design, and hopefully one day I’ll master animating.

I really love drawing. It’s something I enjoy and I am super good at. I especially love drawing Transformers, anime and manga, and have created characters of my own that all have an aspect of me in them. All I need to express myself is paper, a mechanical pencil, coloured pencils, markers, pens, a fine liner and some inspiration.

Start standing up for people who are being bullied because they have Autism, and start getting to know someone Autistic. Who knows, they could turn out to be a great inspiration!

Autism to me is like a key to a world that not many people have accessed. This world is colourful, friendly, and lets you be yourself. Three major pillars make up my personal ‘I CAN Network’: my family, my friends and those I look up to. My parents and family support me by helping me out if I’m having difficulty. Most of my closest friends are also on the Spectrum, so I can always turn to them to help me out and cheer me up. Those I look up to are artists, many famous voice actors and various characters, who inspire me to keep pushing forward.

From what I’ve seen, not many places are inclusive of people on the Spectrum. I’m unsure if this is just me or if society really does sometimes look down upon Autistic people. I see social exclusion mostly in schools, where kids like me are bullied because of how we react to certain things or because of what we like. I am hoping for that to change in the future.

Jenna

I always try to prove society wrong in one way or another. One time I did a speech about schools teaching classes about Autism, and surprised my class with how passionate I can be. My advice to anyone reading my story is to start researching famous people who have Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism, and take inspiration from them. Start standing up for people who are being bullied because they have Autism, and start getting to know someone Autistic. Who knows, they could turn out to be a great inspiration!

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