My Journey

  • Rishab Thapar


    “The time is always right to do what is right.”  These are the words Dr. King used to fight for equality in the hopes that African Americans will be treated fairly.

    To me it represents a true personal meaning. It is what I ask when trying to act as everyone else. I am overcoming the diagnosis as a result of adults reacting appropriately and executing what is right. My significant strides are the result of caregivers wanting to do what is right with each step and doing it regardless of the daunting statistics. When we think of autism, we often think of disability. Most will react in a textbook manner to assume the autistic person wants to disappear in their own world. Wanting and experiencing without a desire is the misconception. We are trapped within ourselves to reaching our maximum potential because of the predetermined stereotypes that exist.

    Presently I attend Tom Matsumoto Elementary School, as a typical student, which is not only surprising, but is also unthinkable to most individuals. On the autistic spectrum, I am considered to rank in the moderately effected range. With the work of everyone, reaching and thinking out of the box, I am able to respond today in a typical academic setting. Even though all odds were and still are against me, people in my life have helped me to act with the appropriateness that is automatic to the majority of individuals.

    I am improving today because people around me did what was right, and they did it always. Overcoming the diagnosis is still a long road. Only the people associated with me daily truly know the person I was ten years ago, the person I am today, and the person someday I will become in the future. People will continue to work and always do what is right.


                Rishab Thapar currently attends middle school. He hopes to become the scientist to cure autism. Curing autism and educating the world about autism is his goal.


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