Bold teenager calls for a celebration of uniqueness

“When my imagination takes hold, my body takes on a life of its own. When something very exciting happens in my inner world, I’ve just got to run, I’ve got to rock backwards and forwards, or sometimes scream. This gives me so much energy, and I’ve got to have an outlet for all that energy.” Autism is often a source of confusion, both for those on the autism spectrum trying to understand themselves, and for friends and family members. As exemplified by the above quote, Rosie King explains her experience with autism simply, stating that she views the increased creative energy given to her by her autism positively. Her autism has led to her possession of an intense imagination, which she values. Yet King has known people who do not enjoy her increased energy and creativity as she does. She asks the question, “Why are so many people striving to be normal? Why are people pouring their brilliant, individual light into a mold?” King explains her conclusion that, “People are so afraid of variety that they try and force everyone, even people who don’t want to, or can’t, to become normal,” yet “If we can’t get inside the person’s mind, no matter if they’re autistic or not, instead of punishing anything that strives from normal, why not celebrate uniqueness, and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination?”

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.