- Posted April 3, 2012 by
San Francisco, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life with autism: Share your story
- ssesha, CNN iReport producer
I have come a long way since being diagnosed at age 32.
I want the world to know how brilliant many of us are. And we are not savants. Many of us are highly intelligent and have been responsible for most of the technological breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
I might be awkward but I am not dumb and I do not have an intellectual disability. I might have problems communicating at times and I might get depressed. I might get really anxious. And I might see things brighter and hear things louder than most people. But I am not "special". I am unique and can contribute to society and the world.