We got tired of the narrative of having a child with autism is a traumatic experience. Of watching nerotypicals talk about autism without giving their autistic children a chance to give their perspective. Most of all, we disliked how people talk degrading about their children in front of them.
We want to give you another truth. Having children with autism is fantastic. Being autistic can be great. But people with autism are dependant on an understanding, respectful surrounding with family and peers who are willing to adjust. Without knowledge and basic values of equal rights, family life can be a disaster and children with autism suffer greatly, at home, in school and in life in general.
This homepage is dedicated to our vlog about being Actually Autistic with low support needs (Aspergers syndrome) and how to parent children with autism (and ADHD). Epsiodes are released every Sunday at 6 pm, local Swedish time (12 pm Toronto/New York, 9 am Los Angeles).
MULÁN & JIANG
Mulán, born in 2004 and her mother Jiang (won't tell ya when she's born!) lives outside Stockholm, capital of Sweden.
Mulán has an older brother, who also has autism, and ADHD. Both have suffered from a school system uncapable of teaching children with autism.
Mulán and brother hold both Swedish and Canadian citizenship from their late father Scott.
Jiang was born i South Korea and adopted to Sweden around the age of one.
When I didn't have my diagnosis yet I felt like I was an alien in a group of normals.
After I got my diagnosis it felt like I got an answer to why I'm different. Then I found out that people like me got killed and violated for being autistic.
I tried to go to school but it only made me feel like I am a mistake and an abomination. The only place I feel normal is at home and when I communicate with my friends online.
Until the age of eight, I considered my number one task as a parent to not disrupt this crown jewel of humanity. Then school began and mowned us down. What I admired and appreciated with Mulán got a name: AUTISM.
Today a teenager, still perfect but years of struggle with school, authorities and peers has now made my main task to make Mulán see what I still see: a strong young person with so much potential, unique and beautiful.