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    Posted March 31, 2012 by
    Rock Rapids, Iowa
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life with autism: Share your story

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    I can help others with autism because I have autism.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     4Sam, Sam's mom, says she doesn't look at her son as autistic: 'Autism is something he has that we work together at overcoming so that he might achieve the things his heart desires.' Autism often gets in the way of his thoughts, and makes learning, playing and making friends more difficult. 'He is always the eternal optimist though. And you have to love that about him. He finds a lot of silver linings and always expects or foresees the bright side.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I am Sam. I am 10. I have autism. This is some of my story about having autism and how learning about autism and all of those who have autism has made me want to help people with autism.


    I know and have met many people with autism. Many of them, most of those whom I have met, are not as lucky as I am. Their autism makes life very difficult for them. While my autism makes my life hard, theirs is even harder.


    I try to help by teaching others about autism because I can. Since many of those who have autism cannot speak, it is up to me to try and reach as many people as I can to tell them about our autism.


    Every year I do a presentation or demonstration at my school about autism. We include as many of my classmates, teachers, school counselors and administrators as we can. This year, we have even invited our local newspaper to join us in learning about autism. That way, we can teach our entire community about it as well.


    I also meet with my representatives like our governor and lieutenant governor, senators and congressmen and women about autism, when I can. I try to get them to understand how many families live with autism and how difficult it is for us. There is not enough help to help all of us. Many people with autism need help for their entire lifetime.


    This past year, I even met with all of the presidential candidates to talk to them about autism. I tried to make them think about questions like - Autism is increasing. Why? What will we do about it? How will we continue to help everyone who has it? How long will we have to wait to get the help and the answers that we need? Why aren't we doing more?


    I do hope to meet with the president one day to talk with him about autism and how we can help people who have it. It is important that we all work together to learn about it and to help each other.


    This is one way I help others with autism, by talking about it to as many people as I can. I do it because I know I am one of the lucky ones who has it, I can speak. Mostly, I do it because I can. Maybe one day you can help us too? I hope so.

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