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Autism Awareness by Saiyajin-hime Autism Awareness by Saiyajin-hime
I wanted to submit something relating to Autism Awareness Month.

This was an idea that came from two sources of inspiration: The first being the saying, "I'm not a can of soup, don't label me". I decided to turn that saying into something positive and drew the Autism symbol with wings on a can of soup to show that no matter what, we are fighters and can rise above challenges and hardships, both in life and society. :)

I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, a mild form of Autism, at the age of five. It normally doesn't show expect in certain social situations and reading certain facial expressions; I've gotten better at it, but I still "feel" my Aspergers there. It was difficult growing up because most adults and kids didn't know much about Autism, so to them I was considered weird. As someone on the spectrum, I know what it's like to be labeled and the hurt and prejudice that comes with it. I began to look at the positives of my condition after checking out this website. It has many resources that I found interesting, including a list of famous people on the spectrum.

Check it out: [link]

The second source of inspiration came from Breaking Benjamin's (awesome band! :w00t:) lyrics to I will Not Bow

:music:I will not bow, I will not break
I will shut the world away
I will not fall, I will not fade
I will take your breath away
:music:

So true. :nod:

I hope this reaches out as a positive message to anyone on the spectrum, or anyone who knows someone on it. You are not alone.

I will Not Bow lyrics Breaking Benjamin
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Fireproofwitches Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I love the lace, the way you colored it, and the saying I've never heard before is, like you said in your description: SO TRUE.
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :aww:
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NatariSaru Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That is a very wonderful explanation. Ironically, I used to be a lefty too, but my school (which was a normal-ed school) forced me to write with my right, so I've been a righty since 2 grade.
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!

My mom's sister is also a lefty, and when she was in grade school the teachers would smack the student's hand with a ruler if they were caught writing with their left hand. So my grandma had to go down to the school and tell the teacher to allow my aunt to continue writing with her dominate hand, and from that moment on they allowed her to use her left hand.

I had regular classes as well and none of my teachers had qualms with me using my left hand. It still had a few disadvantages, though (such as no left handed utensils available). Wouldn't it be nice if everything were made ambidextrous?
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NatariSaru Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know why schools always try to change autistics, it's as if we're unacceptable to them. Even special schools treat autistics as well as other special children horribly.

When I was 5, I attended a school called AMCAC, but there were really mean to me there. I remember one time, I refused to eat a cheese sandwich, and a really ugly, mean old woman teacher shoved it down my throat really hard. Why can't they treat normal people like that and let them know how it feels to be hurt like that?
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think it's because some people prefer ignorance over understanding. :shrug:

Personally, I believe that normal is nothing more than a setting on the washer.
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AliceSacco Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Curious, i've understood you where left handed just watching the drawing.
Anyway i understand what you said. I've been diagnosed with ADS when i was 3 and later when i was 11. And i'm fully italian, i live in Italy where autism is not well known, especially when is high funcioning.
About facial expressions, somethimes it seems to me people are inexpressive, for this i prefer to look at the fake expressions of comic book or videogames (like the sims)
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's interesting you can tell what a person's dominate hand is by looking at the drawing, and you're right - I'm a lefty.

And I understand how you feel about facial expressions, especially when people would say one thing to me, yet they meant the opposite, cause I used to take what was being SAID literally. Like you, it was through cartoons, comics/manga and video games where I first learned how to read them as well as body language; I also learned how to differentiate figural and literal meanings through these. And they say cartoons never teach you anything useful =P
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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