An Open Letter to my Friends

Hi All, How are you?  I just learned about the importance of good relationships and how it effects your health and even how long you will live. A Harvard study on the lives of hundreds of people over the span of 75 years came to this conclusion….People need quality relations and loneliness is toxic. This…

Acceptance

I attended the Best Buddies ambassador training talking about acceptance. It was held two weeks ago by the Accenture company. It was interesting and people were great. I was impressed by their respectful and professional treatment of the Best Buddies participants. Here is my speech: My name is Huan.  I am a non-speaking autistic and…

A Revolution and Change in Perspective

I’m excited about life. We are at the edge of a revolution. I am experiencing a very dramatic change for autism. Did you know that I am back in school? It is true. I am excited about a change in people’s perspective. For a long time now I have been a student without a voice. I…

Autism Ambassador

Last week I went to the Best Buddies Ambassador training at George Washington University. It was with the medical students. The purpose of the event was to get the students involved in a community program and to help the Best Buddies write and present a speech about their passion. The students greeted us and then…

Blog post 1: About Me

My name is Huan  Vuong. I am a 19 year old nonspeaking autistic. Despite what we have all been told about nonspeakers I and my peers are very intelligent and observant. I love to read and be read to. I like to walk and love to learn. Any leisure activity would make me happy as…

Let’s be friends

I’m a boy looking for a friend. Each day I find myself in a state of loneliness. Sometimes I’m ok with being alone but other times I am too sad to cope. Lost in autism and afraid to feel real emotion can really wear you out. Now, I’m a happy person, I just want friends….

A Right to Vote: Easier said Than Done

Leaders and followers are two different types of people. A leader is a person who inspires others to follow. A follower is someone who follows who inspires them. A bad leader inspires those happy to be bad. A good leader can actually change the world. A follower has a certain belief that matches with the leader’s…

Adolescence, A Balancing Act

I watched a TED Talk about the mysteriousness of the adolescent brain. It is about how the human brain is developing. I thought it was interesting because I am a teenager and feel like some of my brain is developing normally, yet autism is still present. Cognitive neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore talked about how a persons…

A Disputed Puzzle Piece

There seems to be a lot of agreement, on both sides, regarding the use of the puzzle piece symbol representing autism. Everyone has a right to their opinion and here is mine. I think it is an affective symbol. It is well known. It is meaningless to dispute such things such as autism and whether…

A Review on a Review

Even though I would say yes to a cure for autism, I believe society’s focus needs to shift to accommodating autism rather than curing it. This is what the neurodiversity movement is explaining and advocating for. People need to change their mind sets to see strengths in individuals with autism rather than weaknesses. I’m writing…

A Book Expands Your Horizon

About a week ago, I started reading independently. I have always been able to read but I either didn’t or couldn’t tell people. At school I have no way of expressing my knowledge. At home I felt uncomfortable saying anything because it is just how we have done it for so long. Until now. Today,…

A moment of silence

I’m a bit sorry about Amanda and Eric not being real. Amanda and Eric have been my friends at school for a while. They would ease my daily struggles at school. Recently I realized that I had made them up to cope. At school I’m treated like I’m stupid because I can’t communicate. I sit…