Autistic Girl Types Out: ‘Understand us. We’re not crazy’

Published: 02nd April 2014 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 08:29 AM   |  A+A-


“Hello Bangalore. Today is April 2. Happy World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). I am sharing my thoughts to the world through City Express, so that everyone gets to know more about us. You all must know my feelings. My thoughts. My pain. My dreams. I am Stuti Sarkar. I am 22 years old,” Stuti was bang on with her views, when she expressed her desire to share her thoughts on autism.

Stuti was diagnosed with autism at a young age and has never uttered a word so far.

She expresses her thoughts through a communication board, designed on the lines of a QWERTY keyboard.

In her views, people in general are confused about the behaviour of children with autism. She feels they are not aware of the problems autistic children face.

“I want to tell everybody please try to understand us. I feel still we are not accepted by the society. I really feel sad when people call us crazy. We are also interested to do some work like others. I am looking forward when we will get a chance to stand next to others and not at the end of line,” says Stuti.

According to Stuti, every child with autism is gifted with many abilities, but some efforts need to be put to trace them. “We need lots of help from others so please do it together. Twenty years ago, autism was not popular like now. When I was diagnosed by Dr Gazwani, my parents faced enormous problems. Nowadays, the society has started to think of us,” says Stuti, who hopes to become a writer one day.

Terming every moment in life as a struggle for autism children, Stuti compares her body to a car.

“When the break works, we all can control ourselves. When it fails, we lose our control and we throw a tantrum. People call us disabled, but I think no one is fully abled. I don’t mind if they call us disabled. My opinion is that we all are God’s creatures, and at this point we all are the same,” says the girl, with tonnes of determination. 

Stuti says patience plays a vital role in the life of human beings.

“Patience is required for every work. It is the ladder of success. Impatience is the downfall of success. All great people have lots of patience. I am basically an impatient person. I want to improve my level of patience,” she says. 

Sharing her desire, Stuti says that she would want to be a bird.

 “If God emerges in front of me and ask my desire, I will reply to gift me the life of a bird. I want to live a hassle-free life like a bird, so that I can fly from one country to another. Then, there is no scope to get seizure, anxiety, panic attack, sleeplessness and also struggle in a new situation. If I am a bird, my battle with autism will also be over. Fly, fly, up, up, up... from the land under the blue sky,” she adds.


ASI event

Autism Society of India (ASI) is hosting a programme today to mark World Autism Awareness Day . The event, being held in association with the Rotary Club of Bangalore, at the Rotary House of Friendship on Lavelle Road, will recognise individuals who have contributed towards creating awareness about autism. Speaking to City Express, Nishath Kirmani, President, ASI, said that WAAD aims to disseminate information about the best practices from across the segment. “Awareness is the key and we hope to connect with more people this year,” says Nishath.


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