Chase Severin

We Know Who We Are by Chase Severin

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Chase SeverinWe Know Who We Are.

by Chase Severin


We hear the whispers.

We know the jokes are about us.

We know people think we are stupid.

We know who we are.

We are smart, nice and we matter.

We are angry.

We know who we are.

Our Autism does not make us different.

We know who we are.


Chase Severin is 14 years old and wrote this poem as a project for his 8th grade Humanities class. Chase lives in Vancouver, WA with his older brother, Robert Jr., younger sister Tricia, and parents, Robert and Rhiannon. He enjoys video games, Dungeons & Dragons and making friends at Autism Empowerment’s Teen & Tween Social Club (which he looks forward to every month). He has a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and wants to be a video game designer. 

This poem was originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Spectrums Magazine from Autism Empowerment. Each issue features at least one piece in a series called “Stories from the Spectrum – Autism from an Autistic Perspective”.

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