Henry Frost, the autistic Tampa student who wants to enroll in his neighborhood school, did a Q&A with a Huffington Post blogger.
Here’s our favorite part, especially number 10:
AZ: What are the top 10 things you wish people understood about you?
Henry: #1 Please talk to me like everyone else.
#2 Please don’t talk about me in front of me. I can hear you. I can read your lips. I can read your body language. It feels terrible. Sad. But it feels great when you treat me like I am smart.
#3 Please talk directly to me, not to my support person, or my mom, Russ or my sisters.
#4 Please focus on my strengths. I have many. We all do.
#5 Please presume my competence.
#6 Remember, I am a person, just like you.
#7 Don’t make me prove it.
#8 Please never refer to my iPad as a toy. It is not; it is my voice. Imagine if you could not speak with your mouth, how important your iPad voice would be.
#9 Listen to all communication. Not just typed.
#10 You will be fine. Better even.