Benjamin Giroux , a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, wrote a poem titled “I Am” as an assignment for his fifth grade class.
Aspergers syndrome is considered a milder form of autism.
According to his mother, Benjamin was given the first two words in every sentence.
“I am odd, I am new. I wonder if you are too,” Benjamin wrote. “I hear voices in the air. I see you don’t, and that’s not fair.”
Sonny Giroux, Benjamin’s father, told HuffPost that the poem brought tears to his eyes, and of course, his wife’s, too.
“We were both so proud, and yet so heartbroken, that this was how he felt,” he said.
The National Autism Association posted Benjamin’s story on Sunday, April 10, and as of Thursday the post has over 9,000 likes and has been shared over 6,000 times.
“Each like, share, and comment he’s received since has made him feel like not only he does fit in and belong in this world, but has also moved him beyond words that he’s touched so many,” Giroux said.
According to a study, more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
What causes autism remains unknown, but scientists speculate that it might have something to do with genetics and the environment.
There is still no concrete cure for autism.