What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human | Daniel Wendler | TEDxBend

Daniel Wendler grew up bullied, lonely, and awkward because of his diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a condition on the autism spectrum. But when …


  1. I love the analogy about the spoons, I am not autistic but I am trying to research the condition as I have been asked to write a song about it (trying to fit all I am learning into a 3 minute song is going to be challenging) thank you for sharing your experience…

  2. This was amazing. This will be a Ted Talk I watch over and over again. My daughter is 8 and we are at the beginning of an autistic diagnosis. While she shows signs of autism such as stimming, etc., we have never seen her that way. We only see what others call autism as the best parts of her. I hope that I can give to my daughter what you described in this talk.

  3. I remember my parents and my brother telling me that people would hate me and beat me up if I continue to behave the way I did. I had no clue what I did wrong. And still don’t know.

  4. Daniel, I have always felt the same way, no friends, feeling left out with family, I have always felt awkward, because i never had a true friend. Really enjoyed your speech.

  5. Thank you for having the courage to speak about autism and share your experiences. I know that your speech has made a difference in others dealing with the same issues.

  6. Daniel Wendler – I found myself both laughing, and crying, during your speech. I found myself laughing, while in pain. In contrast, I found myself smiling, while crying. In short, I appreciated your humour! One of my favourite things about your speech, was that, a label was not perpetuated. Instead, the message that I felt, was that we are all just human. In my heart, I know that this is true.
    I do also believe, that DECIDING, to switch your behaviour, is key.
    I found this speech to be so incredibly profound.
    I, so thoroughly, enjoyed your sentiments. They certainly resounded with me.
    In closing, I'd be honoured, to reach out MY metaphorical spoon, for someone else – anyone else.
    – "What's up?"
    – "I hope all is well?"
    – "insert dialogue here"

    … God Bless, everyone.

  7. Problem is that no one ever cooperates with me. I try to reach out all the time and I just get taken advantage of, still no relationships. I'm 28 and probably going to kill myself in the next few years, or tomorrow, don't know.

  8. I’m not a social game person like neurotypicals but sometimes I have awkward conversations. I let people talk about themselves and I learn about their lives. Then I share what I’m interested in and a few things about my life. I’m not bad. I’m awkward and I have the power to accept myself even if no one else will. If they won’t, I’ll do it for them. If they do, cool.

    Here are things I learned. People joke a lot. They read body language so well, they can tell I’m autistic. They get real with each other and share feelings.

  9. This was one of the best talks on Asperger's. I identify COMPLETELY, almost down to the detail. You have an amazing and calm demeanor and will make a wonderful psychologist/therapist. I wish you luck and hope you continue to share your videos and research. Thank you so much.

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