An autistic man's heartfelt letter has broken the internet this week ...
Now, Autism is a life-long developmental disability.
The condition affects how people perceive the world, and how they behave and interact in social situations and with others. It is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.
And it is incredibly common.
GettyIn 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in fifty-nine children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder here in the States.
There is a spectrum.
GettyAnd, dependent on where a person sits on the spectrum, the characteristics of autism can vary.
All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.
GettySome autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues, or other conditions, meaning different people need different levels of support.
And, most importantly...
GettyAutism is not a disease or illness, therefore it cannot be cured.
Autism is generally believed to be caused by genetics.
GettyResearch has consistently supported the theory that autism tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child will develop autism. If a parent carries one or more of these gene changes, they may get passed to a child.
And it is definitely not a result of vaccines.So all you anti-vaxxers out there can just pipe down, okay?
Anti-vaxxers have long blamed vaccines on autism.
GettyBut scientists have conducted extensive research over the last 2 decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.
Autism is not a disease that can be magically irradicated with a course of antibiotics.
It is a social disorder with characteristics that, instead of being curable, can be managed and improved over time.
Although many people still don't understand and/or believe the truth behind autism.
Such as Laurel Austin who was in the news not too long after she admitted feeding her autistic children bleach.
She believes that her bleach remedy has helped to ease her children's autistic.
YouTubeShe has revealed that she began using Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) in an attempt to help her son Jeremy, twenty-eight, and his brother, Joshua, who suffers from a less severe form of the condition.
This Miracle Mineral Solution is an incredibly toxic formula.
GettyThe solution is a corrosive concoction of industrial bleach containing sodium chlorinate and citrus acid diluted in water. It has been touted by some as a cure for HIV, hepatitis, acne, and cancer as well as autism but doctors say it is ineffective as well as dangerous.
Many doctors have publicly slammed the MMS formula.
Speaking last year, British GP Jeff Foster said that MMS does treat autism or any other condition.
“Autism is a neuro-developmental condition which is not amenable to any form of tablet treatment," he said. "When you have very extreme measures like this to 'cure' a condition it's just a roulette game. Eventually, someone will die. It's only a matter of time."
Despite autism being so incredibly common.
Countless people don't understand it. Which needs to change - as one man's letter proves.
Ryan Lowry shared this heartfelt letter on his LinkedIn.
"I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you'll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard."
And heartwarmingly, offers have already begun coming in for Ryan.
We hope he finds the position of his dreams!