INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Autism is a Miracle
By: Michael Wayne O'Neill
March 31, 2019

Autism is a sunflower, because it grows like a heart.
It does not bring disenchantment but bundles of love.
Does it allow people to see the captivation in themselves?
Yes, because Autism brights up the blue, blue world.

Autism is a sunshine, because it implants happiness in all people.
It is not darkness that limits the world from spinning.
It is a triumphant significance of events that sets an individual to see light.
Therefore, Autism is motivation to go far beyond the small circle.

Autism is a blessing, because God made it special for people diagnosed under the spectrum.
It is not a puzzle piece that is transformed into a serious label.
It allows people to see who they really are meant to be.
Autism prepares individuals to be lovable, diligent and precious souls.

Autism is a MIRACLE, because it changed my identity from antisocial to truly-known.
It said that I was a failure, I prove the devil wrong every day.
It prevented me to water happiness in people, I implant faith in others everywhere I go.
It made me socially weak, I am Proud to say that Autism made me stronger.

In honor of #autismawarenessday, meet our amazing team member Michael! He recently wrote this amazing poem. Be sure to say "hello" to Michael next time you see him! Autism is a Miracle By: Michael...

A Q&A with the author: 

What inspired you to write this poem? 

The day before Autism Awareness I was inspired to write this poem and share my perspective of autism. 

What made you decide you were ready for a job and why did you choose to apply to Chick-Fil-A? 

While dining at Chick-Fil-A one day, a friend suggested I apply. I thought it was the right time in my life, so I did. 

Do you feel supported by your team members here? 

They are supportive and encouraging. 

You are known in your community as Mr. Union County. How does that make you feel? 

It is an honor! The community is so supportive of me. 

Your autism was severe when you were young and you didn't speak until you were almost 8 years old. What do you feel made the most difference in the progress you've made? 

My faith in Jesus led my parents to all the right interventions for me. 

You are a full-time college student, CFA employee and have an internship with the local paper. How do you manage stress as a young adult with autism? 

I have been preparing since middle school. I practice good organization and time management and work hard. 

What do you aspire to do after college? 

Be a broadcast journalist and be the next Al Michaels on Sunday Night football.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Click here to learn more.