We’re All (Special) People

By Surumya Bhargava

Did you know…

About 1% of the world has autism

Autism affects about 1 in 68 children in the United States

There is no cure for Autism, but around 13% of kids “lose their diagnosis” and don’t show symptoms of being on the spectrum

Autism is about 4 times more likely in boys than girls

There are many contributing factors to Autism including genes, early brain development, and the environment

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Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2, but children may be diagnosed at earlier ages

By 2025 it is projected 1 in 25 children will have Autism

Autism is the #1 developmental disability in the United States

Lifetime cost of supporting an individual with Autism-$3.2 million

A new case of Autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes

Autism is a lifelong disability

1 out of 42 boys are now diagnosed with Autism

It takes about 1,000 trials to learn a new skill


“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.”

~Autism Society


  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (ex: hand-flapping)
  • Click to watch Autistic Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Difficulties with fine motor skills

  • Little or no eye contact
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
  • Abnormal responce to sensations
  • Unusual ways of relating to people


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Autism vs. Aspergers


Those with Autism often have a language delay and have a below average IQ

Autism can be detected early in childhood before age 5

Autism has more communication delays


Those with Aspergers learn to talk in expected timing and usually have an above average IQ

Aspergers usually remains undiagnosed until about age 11

Aspergers has less severe symptoms than Autism

Most people with Aspergers don’t have cognitive delays, but do struggle with motor skills and be clumsy like others with Autism


Myth: All people with Autism have the same skills and difficulties
Reality: Autism is a spectrum. Like many other disorders, each person’s experience is completely different and can be similar in some symptoms or have no overlap at all. The term “Autism” presents an idea of what usually characterizes it, but can have many exceptions to it

Myth: People with Autism do not have other disorders or conditions
Reality: Many with Autism do not appear to have other conditions, but doesn’t mean they are any less likely to have additional diagnosis. Some common ones are Intellectual Disability, Epilepsy, and Fragile X Syndrome.

Myth: All people with Autism have an intellectual disability
Reality: Although people with Autism can have an intellectual disability and tend to have below average IQ scores, not everyone with Autism has an intellectual disability.

Myth: Children with Autism do not speak
Reality: Kids with autism often experience a delay in language and speech so therefore may find it hard to communicate verbally. However, kids with Autism can and do learn how to speak, but may result as an unusual style of communication.

Myth: People with Autism do not experience the full range of emotions
Reality: People with Autism may have a hard time expressing themselves, express themselves differently or not be as quick to pick up on emotional and social cues from others. Regardless of how hard it might be to express, everyone with Autism experiences every emotion.


Psychologists are constantly changing the definition of Autism. In efforts to make a more accepting and precise definition, it appears the formal definition has only gotten more vague and put more people under the umbrella of an Autism diagnosis.


There are schools specifically dedicated to kids with special needs. UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) is a charter school and they focus on individualized care for each student and how to help them succeed. Along with forms of therapy provided at places such as Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we are learning how to help those with Autism more efficiently.

People Said to have Autism

Charles Darwin


Jerry Seinfeld

People Said to have Aspergers

Albert Einstein

Bill Gates

Henry Ford

Issac Newton


Marilyn Monroe

Mark Twain


Thomas Edison

Thomas Jefferson


With more knowledge and awareness, we can be prepared to help each other and one another. We are all people with our own quirks. Don’t let Autism be any different.


Works Cited

Albert, Sarah. “Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.” WebMD, WebMD,

“Autism vs Aspergers Syndrome.” Aspergers Test Site, 9 Feb. 2015,

Bhargava, Surumya. “Autistic Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” YouTube, 27 Mar. 2017,

“Brain Balance.” Brain Balance Achievement Centers,

Chrisafis, Angelique. “France Unveils €340m Plan to Improve Rights of People with Autism.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 6 Apr. 2018,

“Common Misconceptions.” Autism Association of Western Australia,

“Home.” Autism Society of Greater Orlando,

“What Is Autism?” Autism Society,

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  1. April 27, 2018 by Alex Rickett

    Surumya this was awesome! I thought your section of myth versus reality was a very effective way to engage your readers while telling them important information and misconceptions on Autism. I tried to click on the goldilocks video and it didn’t work :(, but I looked it up and watched it and thought it was such a good addition to your presentation. I think your point on the vagueness of the definition and how that has become the issue with everyone’s knowledge of Autism is extremely interesting and something I hadn’t thought of before. Great job!

    • April 30, 2018 by Surumya.Bhargava

      Thanks!I don’t think any particular website depicts this change in autism, but that’s how I’ve been viewing it for many years in volunteering with kids with special needs.

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