What I've Learned from my Autistic Brothers Faith Jegede Cole is a British writer, speaker, and researcher, who is currently pursuing a PhD in communication in America. She previously worked in the radio broadcasting industry in London for seven years. Mrs. Cole has spent the last three years of her life studying identity, reputation, and privacy in the world of online communication. In Mrs. Cole's only ted talk, which she has received over one million views, she speaks about her brothers Remy, and Sam. She tells her audience how her brothers are not seen as normal by the world. She agrees with them, "They are not ordinary, they are extraordinary." Mrs. Cole explains that her brothers have special qualities that most people do not have. Her younger brother, Sam, for example, remembers every song on Mrs. Cole's iPod, conversations they had when he was only four years old, and yes, Lady Gaga's birthday. Mrs. Cole's other brother, Remy, most reminds me of Lennie from Of Mice and Men. Remy is very unique. He shares love unconditionally, is not greedy, does not see skin color, and has never lied. These are all qualities I believe Lennie also possesses. For example, Lennie, despite being a grown man, was as innocent as a young girl. He never discriminated. When most would not even associate themselves with a black man at the time, Lennie did not see Crooks' color, he saw his personality. Lennie knew how to love like no other. He had a passion for animals. Although, sometimes he would love them a little too much, his intentions were always pure. Although they are outcasted by many for not fitting into society's version of normal, Mrs. Cole, George (from Of Mice and Men), and myself see the beauty in the intricate personalities of those who suffer from mental health issues and diseases such as Autism. We admire their individuality, value their presence, understand their problems, and do not treat them any differently than we would anyone else. We appreciate them.
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