When I was 7 I was diagnosed with autism . I used to ask questions about why am I autistic and not my brother or sister. Why me? In primary school I had 1 to 1 help then when I move onto secondary school but I didn’t go to mainstream I went to a special needs school. I used to moan at my mum about going to a school away from where I live and away from my friends. But now I can see all the good things that have come from me being there. I got some GCSEs and I have understood a bit more about my autism. It has taken me all 5 years of secondary school to realise the good it has done me. There is one thing it hasn’t done for me – I now feel like I haven’t got friends where I live because I went off to a different school. I wonder what my life would be like if I had gone to a mainstream secondary school.