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I had the pleasure of working with some incredibly joyous kids today during one of my substitute jobs. It was shocking to me that they were more content than most of the regular folks that I encounter on a daily basis. Actually, it was less shocking and more refreshing to see the amount of happiness that these kids contained within themselves. Now, this is not to say that they were not struggling to get through their day. For the most part, their day consisted of learning small tasks such as folding laundry (a small task for non-autistic people) and dusting furniture. I was highly engaged during this assignment because it reminded me of the small joys in life that so many of us take for granted. Here I am, a fully capable human being complaining about things like having to go to work, when some of these kids (probably most of them) will never even be able to take care of the small things in their lives without assistance. I was glad to see this “independent learning room” because it was allowing them to learn how to do things for themselves. Although it was a bit of a struggle to watch some of it, their persistence was inspiring. There were several instances where some of them were agitated and complained about the teacher’s assignments, but overall they seemed to go about their day in a much more accepting way than the rest of us.

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