David, 13.

I am 13 years old and I live in a small country town called Mirboo North in Gippsland. I enjoy drawing and writing.

I can’t remember a time that anyone has told me I can’t do something. My brothers and I all have similar interests and my mum lets us do what we are interested in. I guess I’m lucky but actually I don’t know any different really.

I sometimes worry I can’t handle school but when I go anyway and I try, I’m proud of myself for doing it. This year starting high school, I worried that the work might be hard and I might not be able to make friends. I kept going because I need to learn new things in life. The staff at the school were really friendly and when I get worried they help by giving me less classes to attend. They give me time to complete my homework during the day so I can relax after school. I also went on a school camp and made some friends there.

When I grow up I want to be an artist and a writer. I love to write chapter books. I won an award at school for my writing once. I like to draw anime and cartoon figures. I’m going to make sure I do these things because I love doing these things, and I look forward to doing them every day of my life.

The I CAN Network is important because it gets the word out there about how cool Autism is. I’m not sure how to describe what Autism means to me because I don’t know any other way to be, and I’m glad. My Autistic brain thinks in pictures and is very quick, which makes me do well in school. I’m proud of that.

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