Monthly Archives: October 2014

GUEST POST | We’re all pretty bizarre


Today we are excited to share a post from one of our favorite writers. Here he talks about something that matters to him.

Autism: An Understanding

By Drew Smith

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” -Emilio Estevez, The Breakfast Club. That’s how I view autistic students coexisting with neurotypical students. Autistic students are almost always bullied because of their disabilities and issues. Something has to matter to some people, and something matters to me. What matters to me the most is people understanding autism, and my way of being, because there could be a better coexistence between autistic and neurotypical people.

In my experience, being on the autism spectrum doesn’t classify anyone as different or weird. They simply have a different way of being. It’s extremely disappointing and sad to see that fact taken for granted by so many people; they pass up on a chance to make a difference and try to understand people with autism. Throughout my school years, I have been praised by people who see beyond my disorder and condemned by people who like to ridicule me for my differences–and for their pleasure. I have been called weird, stupid, bizarre, and other names that serve only to aggravate me, and make me the ultimate bullying target. Some students tease autistic students simply because they know they’ll get a response, and that will make the student more isolated and depressed, something made worse by their disorder. I really hope people will stop ridiculing autistic students and finally understand their issues.

DREW SMITH is a high school senior who lives in Southern California. He plays snare drum in marching band, is president of the Sci-Fi Club and is the Foothill Film Fanatic movie columnist for his campus newspaper. He encourages others to look beyond his autism and get to know him as a person, rather than a diagnosis. But he finds that neurotypicals have challenges, too. Don’t believe me? Just watch John Hughes’ masterpiece, The Breakfast Club (1985).


SAVE THE DATE | Free Roundtable for Parents of Young People with Autism



Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

7 p.m.

Vital Link offices at 15401 Redhill Ave., #F, Tustin, CA

  • Share your concerns, challenges and triumphs with other parents of kids, teens and young adults with autism.
  • Hear effective strategies for dealing with school, public services, socialization, independent living, diet, life transitions and more.
  • Gain comfort and encouragement from the common experiences of moms and dads like you.
  • Leave with the feeling that there’s hope, there’s help and you’re not alone.

Discussion guided by Debora Smith, author, speaker, founder of ARM and the mother of a son with high-functioning autism, whose real-life experience and common-sense strategies have made her a trusted resource for parents throughout Southern California.

To reserve your place at the table, simply email

We’ll also notify you of future Parenting & Sharing roundtables,  where we’ll discuss topics such as:

  • Getting the most out of school and government services
  • Time management and planning
  • Transitioning from middle school to high school to college
  • Grooming, diet and exercise
  • Gaining independence
  • Dating and socializing
  • Finding a passion

RSVP now for our free roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7pm in Tustin. Email

Walk or Run on Nov. 8 | Event for the Entire Family

3K Family Fun Walk or 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 8th        Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach

Registration:  7:00 a.m.
Program Begins:  8:30 a.m. 

Partners Plaza featuring Family Fun, Food and More!
Raising awareness and support for children and adults with disabilities!

Register today at :

Walk for independence. Walk for change. Every step counts!

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