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Austism Awareness Month by JDarnell Austism Awareness Month by JDarnell
I'm choosing autism awareness day (2nd April!) to submit a drawing for autism awareness month and also announce my autism to DA. Please be kind and patient with people with autism, even if they sometimes seem rude, confusing or hard to handle. Feel free to use this image for the spreading of awareness. Tolerance is a fancy name for ignorance, so share some love and understanding and allow your preconceptions to be challenged. After all, everyone's a little different.

If you are interested, I have high functioning autism, which presents differently to more severe autism or even to males with the same disorder. I am forgetful, extremely sensitive, obsessive and often very blunt, but also loving and compassionate inside. Please don't be offended by anything I say because that isn't the intention.

Edit: I'm really loving the comments, it just shows how many people either have some form of autism, or love someone who has. There's a lot of similar experiences here, but I'm happy to say, a lot of positivity too. Yay DA!
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paleosaur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not judging you at all! I don't judge folks for such things.
Some of my loyalist friends have severe autism, and they are awesome people!;) (Wink) 
lillianajones Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i admire your bravery, abilities, and outlook.
planxtafroggie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have Asperger's so I know EXACTLY how that feels, being different. XDD

As it turns out I also happen to prefer the British pronunciation of As-PER-ger's to our unfortunate-sounding "ASS burgers".  You can probably guess why... >___>
Little-Miss-Awkward Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! My brother has high functioning autism and is the sweetest dude ever. I don't see him any different than I would see a friend of mine. Even though this is two years old, I love it! Very good art work!
sithsensui Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
you are awesome lovely!
MinatoLikesSmoothies Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji-60 (Snug or Hug) [V3]  You seem like such a sweet and caring person. I would expect everyone would love to "tolerate" someone as wonderful as you, regardless of your autism Bro hug  
SilverUnya Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm ADD and while it's not the same thing, it also creates behavior that requires a little more understanding on the part of other people. Congrats on your courage. *hugs*
SierraSalamander Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! You should print this off and post it places for autism awareness month.
Gay-Senpai Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OMG I  wish i saw this ealier. I have high functioning autism too with an uncle and younger brother who has it also. I am  VERY blunt plus no filter at  most of the times lol. Which is never intention or on purpose. but I totally feel with you on that. Plus it is not very often that girls get diagnose. Every time i go to my social skills class,  I am always the only female. lol it is nice to know that they are more girls who come up to people's awareness. 
Digimanbyte Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suffer from high funtioning Austism, along with my two brothers and my little sister who are all lower functioning. Hope things are well with you at present and its nice to know your still spreading awareness even though this is a year old.
Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful! I'm always left inspired by individuals who are brave and comfortable enough to be true to themselves whether it's bringing awareness to a spectrum disorder, sexual orientation, etc. And the both the detail and message compliment this piece very nicely. I share the same diagnose as you and my only regret is not coming across this wonderful work during Autism Awareness Month. I've done a couple of art related to this topic in the past too and that was a daunting challenge for me the first time I opened up about it both here on DA and IRL so I do understand where you're coming from. Thank you for contributing of raising awareness with your talented artistic skills. :+favlove:
Canthearmyeyes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aw this is beautiful:) as myself who has aspergers i must say this is amazing artwork, keep up the good work:)
AnnaBellLee17 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Writer
this is great.
KittyKat708 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
My brother has lower functioning autism. 
MercyClark Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg! this is so sweet! i have two siblings with autism. Love 
fifi-kawaii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's so beautiful work of yours :)
ANGEL-TYPE Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Foreststone Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
  I have Aspergers, which is considered a form of high-functioning autism, and it can be a tremendous pain :|
   I have not known about it my whole only about 4 or 5 years now and have been working on it for about 2 because people doubted I had it >.> yeah. I am 19 now.
Hexabol Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
williamreinsch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful :) one of my best friends is autistic
LizzVisions Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think its lovely of you to share your story with the world :] keep on, keeping on. :goodjob: revamp 
elliemorris Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have Autism, so yeah, this made me happy. :) A beautiful picture! Love the beautiful dress!
Comica Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't practically ever advertise, more avoid even mention about, but I wanted to tell that I do have asperger, which belongs to autism family. Also my brother has dysfasia, also a relative to autism. And we aren't the only ones in our family... Mom has epilepsia, her father had parkinson (these two are neurological issues that relates to autism, with some twisted matters) and dad has admitted he has asperger features.

It's just good to know that we aren't alone. And no, I'm NOT bragging with my family. I'm just telling it's highly heritable. And I don't consider it as disability, it's possibility for me.
Skill-Point Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
lol! you know, for the longest I always thought it was spelled (ass-bugers). 
Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's beautiful. I really respect you for being able to overcome your autism so well. I also love your beautiful artwork. You are very talented. The faces on the people you draw are so beautiful and expressive. I actually have a learning disability called Language Processing Delay, so I understand what it is like to have to struggle with a disability. I have a friend who is autistic and I have worked with autistic people in the past as a high school elective. My friend is one of the sweetest people that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I feel so lucky to know her.
MatTheSpeedStar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we're still people, autistic or not.... and yeah, I am too.
IceTalonTheOne Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have the exact same thing XD
Fallen-Gravity Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! I didn't know that you have high functioning autism. I just came across your awesome  art, and I found out about this. That's surprising to know, since I have high functioning autism myself.
I'm nice and kind to others, and I try my best not to dominate the conversation that much, or talk what I want to talk about. That's an everyday problem I try to fix, but sometimes I don't really recognize it.
Besides that, I also have a speech impediment (which is another problem I have) when I speak. And not to mention that I tend to ask people if I'm annoying a lot (To be honest, I really hate myself at times for asking that question too many times). I'm hoping to get professional help on my problems, so I won't have those problems anymore. But while I'm hoping for that, I still try my best to fix the problems I have with my autism.
And I've come a long way, but I still need to improve! =)  But I really love this drawing that you made. It shows kindness and love to the people who have autism, including the autistic people here on deviantART. Hooray for Autism Awareness Month! :D
JDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013   General Artist
I know what you mean I never remember to stop myself during a conversation and then afterwards I feel terrible, I keep asking people if I'm boring them but I think even my insecure questions are annoying.
Fallen-Gravity Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, same here. I always do that. But I need to learn to stop asking if I am annoying.
HollyKovacs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I also have high functioning autism! And I'm a lolita, so this picture makes me feel beautiful <3 <3
JDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   General Artist
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Zutka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her dress is stunning. In addition, and hair as well. :)
angelichope Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I love her nice and fancy dress!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it's great of you helping a cause!!!!!!
i-rosem Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was passing through my favorites when I saw this again. I am watching a korean drama of a man that suffers from level 3 of autism (i think it was like that) and wants to be a doctor, while facing difficulties of integration. I don't know if all the acting is as the real life but I hope I get to know about autism better.
FireSapphire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful and powerful drawing... Congratulations. :D :icondragonhugplz:
LaNinfaMaiaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My nephew is autistic and it's my life!!! <3 Great job! I love your art!
i-rosem Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a conference about autism last year and I learned a lot more about it, so I treat them equally, I never minded someone having autism. There's an artist that I like a lot and it's my role model that people have been saying that he probably has autism but I reacted normally because even if he has it or not I would still like him.

I hate how people see the dependent people as incapable beings. At least they have a life.
Mytriem Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderfull drawing ^^ you are really a great artist ^^
vivaere Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
LilyAnna322 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
You are autistic? Wow no wonder why you're so creative.
Knives509 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is very inspiring to keep trying, I have a little special someone in my life who is unique in his own way and I cherish him greatly. I want to expand my mind and understanding to match his world and be able to enter in it with ease and simply have fun with him day to day and be able to appreciate his personality <3
Thank you for this piece of art and your words :3
alice8882 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! so beautiful :)
Misades Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this piece while I was having a very difficult day dealing with my brother's intolerance of my Asperger's. The art, your comment, and all the wonderful feedback messages were wonderful to read and its nice to see there IS understanding in our world. Thank you for this piece and the message that came with it. Its very beautiful.
blacklusterism Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Who freakin' cares that you have a variation of autism - it doesn't make you any different in my eyes. You a great artist. I love your work, even if I've never commented until. For anyone to say something to you, or others with a similar or other variation of autism, shame on them. I have found that those who are surviving in our society that have autism, a lot of them have amazing talents beyond anyone else (and some of these talents put a lot of other "normal" people to shame, too). My cousins, both with autism, make me feel like an inferior race of human because of their 'different' way of thinking. They have an amazing sense of academic skills.

Live life to the best, my friend. Love long, and prosper. Thank you for sharing. ^^
Lunalight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Digital Artist
iam not sure but i show so many signs that i have undiagnosed aspergers syndrome but i didn't need a label i only want to know that i am right with my feelings.
Lunalight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Digital Artist
oh i forgot i have some aspi friends online i know how they feel and understand them without knowing before they tell me about that.Maybe i am very sensitive or i understand them because feeling the same.
Angelic-Doll Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student
I love your art :heart: I have Asperger Syndrome which is a form of high functioning autism.
cristii Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Featured Art :heart: :rose:

I hope you like it (sorry for all my Journal is in Polish but... Featured in very International :D )
luckystar300 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
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