We have a guest post today by Angela, Marissa's sister. Marissa is a 21-year-old with autism.
"i am 18 years old. my sister can make me very angry sometimes, but i wouldnt trade her for anyone else, otherwise she wouldnt be my sister. sometiems i wonder what things would be like if she did not have a disability. i wish i could experience a "normal" life. but there is no point in thinking this way, since i cannot change her, and i love her just the way she isMarissa is challenged in the areas of social skills, learning abilities, speech, and other activities that are normally performed independently. However, she is a very good swimmer. She can swim for hours if someone does not tell her to get out of the pool. She also enjoys music and dancing."