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Do autistic people know what love is?


Donna Williams aged 6

Donna Williams aged 6

My little brother Johnny Duel adored me the way my paternal grandparents had… which I knew because they would all light up when they saw me, this was how I knew I brought joy to these people

and this made me feel I was valued and of worth no matter what wars raged around us, no matter finding myself isolated and ‘tolerated’ an on the fringes at schools.

This remained a candle in the dark within my soul through homelessness and through abuse, through giving up on myself and on life. This gifted me the feeling I was worth my food, worth writing books, worth the art materials, worth my space in this crowded world.

Those who taught me I was light, because I saw it reflected back in them, are the backbone of my strength, resilience and endurance… and my humility. None of them made me feel inflated, or an object of value, or ‘special’ or unique. They made me feel I was VALUED, a person, and an equal.

Donna Williams, BA Hons, Dip Ed.
Author, artist,and presenter.

I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community.