If our contributors could tell an author writing a character with their disability one thing–besides “do your research”–what would it be?
I often see writers focusing on the social aspects of autism in high school, which I think is awesome and important. But for me, the issue of schoolwork was far graver.
After second grade, I stopped reading most books unless they were assigned for class. Even then, I often didn’t read them. The reason being, when I read a sentence, I often didn’t understand it. Somewhere between my eyes seeing the words and my brain, the phrase disappeared into the ether.
Ever seen the Allstate commercial? “I’m a random windstorm. Shaky, shaky.” Well, sometimes that’s how life feels when you’re a kid with disabilities. Because I’m both very random and my life can be, well, pretty shaky.