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autism sucks

I have autism and it's really annoying. I can't cross roads by myself. Everyone teases me. I hate it.
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Hi there,

Having autism sounds really upsetting for you and it’s very wrong for anybody to bully you about it. It’s not your fault that people are teasing you. You deserve respect.

You have the right to help with your autism and any difficulties that you have because of it. If you’d like more support, you can call the National Autistic Society’s helpline on 0808 800 4104. There’s also lots of information on their website about autism and getting support. 

You said that you can’t cross roads by yourself and it sounds like maybe somebody is usually there with you when you cross the road. It could be a good idea to let that person know about the bullying so that they can help make it stop. 

There’s lots of information about bullying on our bullying hub, too. I’m wondering whether it might also help for you to share your experience with other young people on our message boards. It’s a place to get advice and support from other young people.

You’ve done really well to get in touch, and please remember that you can always talk to ChildLine about how you feel. Our counsellors are there for you whenever you’ve got something on your mind.

I’m really glad that you felt able to write to me about this. I hope that you get the help you need. 

Take care,

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