Rosie King – How autism freed me to be myself
All in all, I wouldn’t trade my autism and my imagination for the world. Because I am autistic, I’ve presented documentaries to the BBC, I’m in the midst of writing a book, I’m doing this — this is fantastic — and one of the best things that I’ve achieved, that I consider to have achieved, is I’ve found ways of communicating with my little brother and sister, who as I’ve said are nonverbal. They can’t speak. And people would often write off someone who’s nonverbal, but that’s silly, because my little brother and sister are the best siblings that you could ever hope for. They’re just the best, and I love them so much and I care about them more than anything else. I’m going to leave you with one question: If we can’t get inside the person’s minds, no matter if they’re autistic or not, instead of punishing anything that strays from normal, why not celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination?