A letter written by a six-year-old British girl who stood up for her older brother with autism is being celebrated worldwide.
The girl’s mother, Sophie Camilleri, told BuzzFeed News that her daughter was disheartened after a girl at school called her nine-year-old brother, Frank, “weird.”
Camilleri reportedly said, “She said, ‘he’s not, he has autism.’ The girl didn’t know what it was… She was confused. Lex said that she had to explain that it was a disability.”
Lex was so distraught about her brother being bullied that she was inspired to write a letter to her school council to be read at the next meeting.
Camilleri posted the letter that her daughter wrote on Facebook. In the letter, Lex wrote, “On Monday I felt very sad because a girl in my class said that my brother was weird. My brother has autism and is not weird and I would like it if could learn about all disabilities in schools so that everybody understand that some people are different but we should all be treated the same.”
Camilleri explained that the lack of awareness surrounding autism is frustrating. According to BuzzFeed, she said that when her daughter’s teacher asked the class if they knew what “autism” was, no one raised their hand.
She said, “It makes me really sad that no-one knows about these disabilities, if they were made aware it would change a lot of things.” Undoubtedly, it’s confusing for children who are unaware of invisible disabilities such as autism.
Just as her daughter mentioned, Camilleri continued, “I think it would help kiddies to know about autism and the symptoms that come along with it. I suppose it is confusing for them and it might be a bit of fear, because they don’t know what’s going on with the child.”
Little did Lex realize that when she wrote the letter for her school council that it would be shared to a global audience online. By simply speaking her mind, she likely was able to raise much more awareness surrounding the disability's hardships than she could have imagined.
Banner photo: Facebook, Sophie Camilleri