The common mistake people make is assuming that autism and autism spectrum disorder are the same thing. They are not. Autism is a neurotype. A way the brain is structured. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a series of symptoms that affect the life of an individual negatively. But whether we are talking about Autism or ASD, the reality is that we have some wonderful things about us. Don't dismiss us. We have power. We have perspectives that can change the world for the better. We are precious. We are strong. We are rare. We are autistic!