(Pulled from a Facebook post of mine)
As many people have posted, today is World Autism Awareness Day. The majority of my Facebook friends and all of our family knows that my 15 year old brother, Matthew, has Aspergers. He’s a brilliant, funny, caring, kind brother and uncle, and is a very hard working student in a main stream high school. He’s no different from you or me, but he’s taught our family a lot about patience, speaking quieter, new foods and lots of laughter. I’m so happy that he came into our family when he did. He’s too cool for Facebook (“Why do I need a social networking account when I see you guys everyday?” he says in one of his sarcastic tones), but I wanted to share this awesome day of awareness because sometimes you don’t realize the tiny things some people, young and old, may do that seem strange to you like sitting with their leg crossed awkwardly at a restaurant booth, cover their ears when a loud car or fire truck passes, won’t look you in the face when you address them, seem to wear the same clothes, just different colors that they may have some form of autism. If you were to ask Matthew about his Aspergers he would tell you that he’s not different, he’s just Matthew.