Over 3.5 million people in America live with autism, but despite that number there are still many misconceptions about the condition. There are many dangerous assumptions about it, and many people don’t realize how hurtful or lasting an impact their thoughtless or careless words can have on someone who has it.
A heartbreaking reminder of this has gone viral this week, after a mom shared a note written to her by her seven-year-old daughter, Cadence.
Cadence lives with autism, and was concerned that her condition made her a bad person to her parents. All because the little girl had heard people saying negative things about those who share her condition.
Cadence and her mom communicate their conversation through a written note. In it, Cadence asks “does being autism make me bad?”
Her mom shared the heartbreaking note to Facebook. See the note and how her mom responded below: