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7-Year-Old With Autism Writes A Letter Asking If Being Autistic Makes Her Bad

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Every child is special and unique, but some children do require more attention than others. Autism, for instance, affects many children who simply require a little extra love and care.

While it is important for all children to express themselves, it is vital to help young autistic children find creative outlets, like this young autistic boy who loves to sing.

Cadence is an extremely intelligent and talented 7-year-old who lives in Queensland, Australia. Cadence also happens to be autistic.

While communication is sometimes difficult for Cadence, she has found an incredible form of expression through writing.

Cadence’s mother, Angela, posted a letter from her daughter on Facebook recently that starts with Cadence asking if autism “makes me bad.” Cadence’s nuanced and beautiful words, as well as her mother’s touching response, have gone absolutely viral.

Scroll through below to read Cadence’s surprising letter and her heart-wrenching dream for the future.

What do you think of this special little girl’s words? Let us know in the comments.

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Cadence is an incredible 7-year-old who has been using her writing as a way to confront her feelings about being autistic. Her mother, Angela, has encouraged her writing and has been very open in sharing Cadence's work with others. Angela wants to use Cadence's stories to raise awareness and have a genuine, positive effect on people around the world.

young girl with autism writes letter

Amazingly, thousands of people worldwide have read Cadence's words. In this now-viral letter, Cadence writes back and forth with her mother about her fears surrounding autism. Cadence's letter reads:

young girl with autism writes letter

Cadence: Does being autism make me bad?

Angela: What makes you wonder if autism makes you bad?

Cadence: Grown-ups always say it’s hard being mom or dad if your kid is autism and it said on the TV if your autism you hurt people. And kids who are autism have to be put in a [jail] to keep others safe or tied up.

Angela: Do you think I believe these things are true, or that I would say them?

Cadence: NO!

Angela says, 'I think at some level, we all strive for genuine and honest reflection into ourselves and of being truly comfortable with who we are, warts and all. That a 7-year-old child has ability to achieve both, in a relatable and honest way, seems to have inspired people.' Cadence's letter continues:

young girl with autism writes letter

Angela: What do you believe?

Cadence: I don’t like hurting people. I don’t like being scared. I would be scared in a [jail] room. I was born autism but that doesn’t mean I was born bad. Are you crying?

Angela: Yes. I have happy tears that you know what is true; and I have sad tears because there are lots of people who don’t know what is true.

Cadence's writing has actually inspired other families around the world to reach out with stories of their own. Angela says, 'What has touched our hearts is the many hundreds of messages and comments from ‘everyday people’ who have been touched and inspired by Cadence’s words.'

young girl with autism writes letter

But Cadence's heart-wrenching letter with her mother isn't her only piece of writing. This drawing and dream for the future has been touching hearts as well:

But Cadence's heart-wrenching letter with her mother isn't her only piece of writing. This drawing and dream for the future has been touching hearts as well:

“When I’m grown up and brave, I’m going to be a clown. A special clown. Special clowns look like normal people. They don’t wear clown [suits] or have red noses but they make all the sad and worried people happy. By Cadence”

While Angela is happy to share Cadence's amazing work, and while they have received attention from the media and publishers, Angela is looking out for her daughter above all else. She says, 'Cadence is a little girl whose challenges and developmental needs are not conducent to opportunities that others might rightly jump on. And my priority of course, is her individual needs.' Angela also shared this piece from Cadence:

young girl with autism writes letter

“Autism is why I’m different. It’s why I don’t talk. It’s why I get scared of people. It’s why I like to know things before they happen. It’s why I like sharp pencils. It’s why I don’t like people touching me.

“It’s why I like mommy cuddles. It’s why I get sad at parties. It’s why I like to hide in the cupboards. It’s why I like jumping and somersaults. It’s why mommy speaks differently from me. It’s why I need more time to do things.

“It might be why I’m clever, but my brain might have just been born clever just like it was born autism. My hair was born blonde. I am Cadance. I am just me.”

Cadence truly is a special girl and her writing has had a profound impact upon others whether she realizes it or not. Her mother says, 'That the little girl I know and love so much – the same little girl who can’t yet tie shoelaces or achieve many things independently that other children her age can – is responsible for touching the minds and hearts of people the world over, leaves me bursting with joy.'

Cadence’s writings just go to show the power that a young child can have to touch the hearts of people around the world.

What do you think of Cadence’s words? Let us know in the comments.

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