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!
) lyrics to I will Not Bow 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
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
Art © Me