Stigmatized unsocial, lacking emotional reciprocity
Reacting to stimulus reflecting varied sensitivity,
I seek to learn, be gregarious, and interact with ability
I think, play, reach, yet excluded from communal activity
I am your classmate, neighbor, friend in your community!
I may not respond to smile; I crinkle up in smiles when happy
Fewer Interests, familiar people, patterns make days peppy!
Born normal, not genetic, I am diagnosed regressive
IQ test scores aiming “normal” are mockery excessive!
Articulation, expressive prowess of purely verbal
Elude me, my brethren non-verbal and preverbal!
Labelling me different, disabled, and aloofly bore
Diminish me, ASD spectrum*, gutting mum’s core!
My empathy, response, smile, personality are trapped in Autism
Why is your understanding, acceptance, inclusivity in minimalism?
* ASD spectrum*
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior
Poem featured in the “International Anthology of Poems on Autism” which is launched