I am nonverbal and have autism! I first became aware of this when I was ten years old! My parents knew about this several years before then! While I knew I was different before then, I did not know actually what was wrong with me before then! I often wished that I could be like everyone else! The most frustrating part of being autistic is that I cannot talk! Many times I have wanted to say something but could not! Even today, if I am riding in the car and can’t get to my iPad, I am stuck! Please include us with autism and be patient with us. We so want to be part of your world!