This cartoon is drawn by the 7 year old Kay. Kay has Autism and finds it hard to talk about it so he draws it instead, something he is clearly very good at.
It is written in Dutch so here's the translation, picture by picture and left to right
If things change or go differently, then I get scared
or angry or sad.
I actually do not know exactly,
but I don't like it.
Mum says that I can't do anything about it
that it is because of the brains in my head
they work differently; autism it is called
But I am not ill, 'funny', crazy.
It is a bit like the difference between cars and trains
Other kids are like cars: they can go any direction. Even off the road
If you have autism it is like a train, you can only follow the rails
But you can learn how to construct new rails.
With this amazing cartoon, he became the winner of the The pen as companion (De pen als lotgenoot). This competition in the Netherlands is for people who live with a chronic Illness or a disability and for their carers to give an insight into their living environment.
More information about the competition, you can find here. (in Dutch)
We actually found this information on following website. Ameesing is a very informative blog about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please note this site is in Dutch as well.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb