“I was born autism but that doesn’t mean I was born bad,” she wrote.
Seven-year-old Cadence has an intellect and way with words that belies her years.
She was also born with autism, and this week she used her written abilities to express exactly what it’s like to be a child with the neurological disorder.
In a heartbreaking letter to her mum, the Queensland girl asked her mother whether “being autism” made her “bad,” reflecting on the negative stereotypes perpetuated by recent news reports about people on the autism spectrum disorder.
“Grownups always say it is hard being mum or dad if your kid is autism [sic] and it said on the TV if your autism [sic] you hurt people,” she wrote.
She added, “kids who have autism have to be put in a gale [sic] to keep others safe”.
The Year 1 girl then expressed beautifully how her own experiences of living with autism had not been reflected in those negative media reports.
“I don’t like hurting people. I don’t like being scared. I would be scared in a gail room [sic],” she reflected.
“I was born autism but that doesn’t mean I was born bad.”
At the end of the letter, she asks her mother: “are you crying?”
Her mother’s handwritten response reads: “Yes. I have happy years that you know what is true; and I have sad tears because there are lots of people who don’t know what is true.”