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Autism in Autumn: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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I was 7 when I met my uncle, Jimmy. At that time, I did not know he was born with autism. Although he was 6 years older than me, I sensed that he acted strangely, a great degree more than me. I would hear the word “autism” every now and then in conversations with my family members but I never quite understood what it meant. I only fully understand what autism was about three years later, and then, I realized why my uncle is the way he is. He was a happy child and would brighten up the day all the time, but occasionally , when I touched him, he would always flinch and in some cases hit me back with great power. He talked a lot, that’s for sure, but sometimes he would jabber on and on about a single subject. I haven’t seen him since he moved to Maryland a year back, but I’ve always been intrigued by his personality. After learning about his autism, I researched further into autistic people and their behavior.

Finally, I discovered where he was coming from. Although autistic people do come with their little quirks and setbacks, all of them are very sharp. They just have difficulty communicating with others. When I was watching the news on TV recently, I saw an autistic senior who graduated from his school as salutatorian, and right then, I was reminded of my uncle. From the time I spent with my uncle Jimmy, I was able to learn more about autism and become more aware of this disorder and the many other cases not unlike that of my uncle.