50 Pretty Big Facts About Autism

After this album of pictures got over 3,000 shares on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page [all links open in new windows], I thought I’d upload them all here for your viewing pleasure!

For those who are seeing these for the first time, I hope you find them useful.


(Important note- after Autistic Not Weird became so well-read that my articles were being stolen literally on a daily basis, I had to disable right-clicking. However, for those who want to share an individual photo without sharing this whole article, each one of these can be found in their original location here.)


Off we go!

Fifty Facts for Autism Awareness Month



Hope you found these useful! High five if you got through every single one of them.

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Chris Bonnello / Captain Quirk

Chris Bonnello is an autism speaker, available to lead talks and training sessions from the perspective of an autistic former teacher. For further information please click here (opens in new window).





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  1. These are amazing. I’m going to save them to my email because they say things so perfectly. Thank you so much for posting this and sharing this Insight.

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    • Thanks a lot! 😀

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  2. I love your page, it is insightful, helpful and funny. From a mum of a perfect ASD boy xx

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  3. This list is very good, and is so true regarding 43/50 and 29/50, just to name a few. Now, this bit might make you squirm, but I have to say this, it’s too important: autism IS a disease. This is the blog post that convinced me (http://www.savagelightstudios.com/warpedlens/?p=113). All I ask is to read it with an open mind. I’m autistic by the way

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  4. My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed about 3 years ago. She is still very immature and won’t get rid of any of her childhood toys or stuffed animals. She is neary adulthood but will not take any responsibilities for her actions. Her time management in showering, getting dressed, eating and swallowing food, getting changed is a daily battle. She must be prompted on every task all day. What do we do to get her to change these routines? We’re afraid she’ll always be co-dependant for the rest of her life. She makes empty promises constantly. It takes her an hour to get dressed. 2 hours to finish any meal. She’s very smart but has no time management and acts likes she is 5 when she’s 14. I don’t know the route to take. Help!

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  5. What an amazing website full of resources you have! I’m extremely impressed, thank you!

    I’m on the spectrum, but am at a point where most of my triggers are under control and I am working with twin 11 year old boys who are also on the spectrum.

    One thing I’ve noticed, when working with one of the twins (whose struggles are much more visible and externalised), is that the words ‘right and wrong’ cause him much anxiety, so his mother and I, as well as his psychologist are working to replace them with ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ rather than the ‘good/right’ and ‘bad/wrong’ connotations which seems to help him a lot.

    Also, I’m working with them part time after school most days and one thing I’ve observed is how much is done for them, and is something that is difficult to bring up with their mother…
    Snacks will be brought to them, when they have the full capacity – physical and psychological to go to the pantry and fetch their own snack; they will ask for their ipad or Nintendo3DS to be brought to them and their mother and father will do it without question. This bothers me in the sense that they have almost zero responsibility (and have never been expected to do much at all) and expect these things to be done for them because they were raised this way.

    Since they will be going to highschool next year, let alone more long term issues that are likely to arise, I’m concerned, and unsure how to go about talking this through with an extremely overwhelmed mother who has issues of her own that can affect her very strongly. As well has how to implement (gradually and with as little extreme reactions as possible) them being more self sufficient and taking on responsibilities they are so capable of.

    Any suggestions? Thank you very much for reading.

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