How People Judge Others With Autism by Noah

In Cynthia Lord‘s book Rules, many characters’ views represent how people judge others with autism in the real world. One way the characters represent stereotypes is that they can’t function mentally. On pg. 23, the speech therapist treats David and Jason like they are “stupid” and can’t function mentally. When Gracey Bourne talked about her brother Mac, she mentioned how people would treat him in therapy like he is “stupid”, but really people with autism are quite intelligent. Another way people judge people with autism is based on their behaviors. In the book, David goes to the video store with Catherine and her father. While being at the video store, David looks at the back of other people’s DVDs to see the rating and the eligible age to watch a movie. People give David and his family weird looks and wonder why he is acting this way. David later starts squealing in the store because he had to be somewhere at 5:00. Again, people give David and the family weird looks and wonder why David is screaming in a store. People often make the assumption that people who are non-verbal think they don’t care because they can’t talk. In the book, there is a character named Jason who is non-verbal and can’t walk. So he has to sit in a wheelchair. Jason also has autism like David. During the speech therapy, Catherine starts drawing Jason assuming he doesn’t mind. Then Jason’s mother tells Catherine just because Jason can’t speak, doesn’t mean he doesn’t mind. When I read Movement, I was surprised about the main character, Hannah’s, behavior. Even though Hannah is non-verbal, she still acts like someone who doesn’t have autism. In conclusion, people shouldn’t judge other people with autism or people with mental disabilities in general. In fact try to be friends with them, your life might change.


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