The autism sack of treats

I am always wondering why autism always leaves such a bad impression on people. My dad and mom say that it is because people just don’t understand. But I think it is because people are afraid that we are going to do something to make them uncomfortable. I really don’t ever try to make people uncomfortable around me but my behavior sometimes does make them feel that way. I am sad that this is the case. I wish that it wasn’t but I’m not sure how to control myself entirely yet. I am trying to do better though every day. What I hope for is a day in the future when I am behaviorally normal even if I still have a hard time speaking. Then people would not be as freaked out by me. ¬†Autism is like a sack of treats–you never know what you are going to get when you reach your hand into the bag.
Love Aaron.

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Aaron Jepson

I am a 21-year old male who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. I am only partially-verbal and have a very difficult time expressing my thoughts by mouth but I am able to type on an I-Pad. My goal in life is to help other people with disabilities, and to let the rest of the world know that most people with autism are intelligent and capable and can make a great contribution to this world. I am funny, athletic, and most of all, handsome. And I am a fast runner, a cool skier, and a sweet mountain biker.

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    Cordell Staker says

    When people come into Costco who have challenges from CP, Downs, Autism, or other conditions, I always speak to them directly, give a high five or knuckles, a shoulder touch or comment on something about their day. I try to engage them as I would any person that comes into the warehouse. The result is that I now have some very good friends who seek me out to have a little interaction. Some people are just frightened to be open with challenged kids and adults. But I believe they all love those who try so hard. There is an 83 year old man who comes into Costco with a daughter who is in her 40’s and has Downs. They find me and we always have a chuckle. There is also a young man in his 20’s who has autism. His parents always push him around the warehouse on flatbed cart. He always helps me box their purchases. He talks all the time, has trouble in the restroom, but we always have a laugh together. His mom sends me into the restroom to find him if he is too long. He’s usually in there just playing air guitar in the mirrors.
    Roll on Arron!

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    Bryan Jepson says

    Thank you, Cordell! As parents of kids with disabilities, we so appreciate those of you who put forth that kind of effort to engage with our boys. It makes a difference and it makes their day! Keep it up.

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