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What Having Autism Means to Me

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My name is Zach Smith, I’m 23 years old, and when I was 2 I was diagnosed with autism. My autism has presented a few challenges throughout my life, especially with sensory overload and routine change.

Loud sounds such as fire alarms and teachers who yelled have caused me so much anxiety that I didn’t want to go to school to face them.

With routine change, I have had some frustrations with unexpected changes to school and work schedules, but the biggest struggle came with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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