College Student Gives Autistic Classmate a 'Hard Task': Heartless or Empowering? 😲

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Picture this: you're in college, working on a group project, and one of your teammates is autistic. You've been advised to only give her the easy tasks, but what if she wants more? What if she's tired of being treated as 'incapable'? In this emotional rollercoaster of a story, we follow a student who decides to break the mold and give their autistic classmate a chance to shine. But not everyone is happy about it... 😓

Meet Melissa: The Autistic Classmate 🌟

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Group Project Dilemma 🤔

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The 'Easy Task' Decision 🙄

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Melissa's Quick Finish 🏁

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A Courageous Offer 🌟

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The Heartfelt Confession 💔

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Melissa's Frustration 😢

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A Change of Heart ❤️

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Teamwork Triumphs 🙌

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The Group's Reaction 😠

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Accusations Fly 🤬

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Empowering Melissa: Right or Wrong? 🤷‍♀️

When a college student finds themselves paired with Melissa, an autistic classmate, for a group project, they're told to only give her easy tasks. However, after Melissa finishes quickly and bravely asks to help with more challenging tasks, the student decides to defy the group's advice. Melissa's eyes spark with joy as she participates, but the group's reaction is anything but supportive. Accused of being selfish and cold-hearted, the student is left wondering if they did the right thing. Now, let's dive into some top responses from the internet, and see what people think about this emotional situation... 💭

Defending a classmate with autism from limitations. 👏

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Empowering comment from an autistic person. Functioning labels don't work. 👏

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Inclusive mindset: treating autistic individuals with respect and equality. 👏

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Empowering act of kindness towards Autistic classmate 🙌

Common_Exam_1401 | Common_Exam_1401

Empowering or not? Autistic classmate completes tasks efficiently. 💪

Fun_Computer_8401 | Fun_Computer_8401

Standing up against ableism and advocating for a classmate 👏

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Breaking down harmful disability stereotypes and promoting inclusivity. 👏

SnowPandaPython | SnowPandaPython

Defending against ableist accusations, commenter praises OP's actions. NTA 👍

Major_Barnacle_2212 | Major_Barnacle_2212

Breaking stereotypes and making friends. NTA, good job!

dinahdog | dinahdog

Empowering comment defends autistic student's capabilities 💪

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Inclusive college student stands up for autistic classmate. 👏

nollamaindrama | nollamaindrama

Empowering comment defends challenging autistic classmate. 💪

FirstSliceofPi | FirstSliceofPi

Empowering Melissa to take on a challenge. #NTA 💪

AngryGoose02 | AngryGoose02

Treating people with disabilities with respect and dignity 👏

ColdSeason2019 | ColdSeason2019

Inclusive task assignment for autistic classmate praised as empowering. 👏

rjhancock | rjhancock

Empowering act of kindness towards classmate with autism. 👏

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Empowering college student receives NTA judgement for helping classmate.

agonyandhope | agonyandhope

NTA commenter emphasizes importance of educating oneself about autism spectrum.

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Empowering response to ableism in college group project. 💪

SirMittensOfTheHill | SirMittensOfTheHill

Empowering an autistic classmate, correcting ableism. 👏

Neenknits | Neenknits

Empowering act of kindness towards an autistic classmate. 👏

realshockvaluecola | realshockvaluecola

NTA praised for empowering act, recommends KDrama on autism.

Ok-Cockroach2351 | Ok-Cockroach2351

Empowering move to not coddle and give chance to prove.

RoseDeadInside | RoseDeadInside

Empowering comment defending autistic classmate's intelligence 👏

fromhelley | fromhelley

Autistic commenter defends capability and efficiency, praises understanding.

Secret_Juggernaut333 | Secret_Juggernaut333

Autistic commenter praises OP for empowering, not degrading, classmate. 👏

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Empathetic response to accommodating differently-abled people. 👏

olddragonfaerie | olddragonfaerie

Autistic commenter calls out ableism in teammate's bigotry. YTA.

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College ableism: Autistic students face bullies in public and college. NTA

TheQuietType84 | TheQuietType84

Autistic classmate likely excels in subject, NTA according to commenter.

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Focus on work quality, not tone. NTA, thanks for engaging. 👍

KeepLkngForIntllgnce | KeepLkngForIntllgnce

Autistic college student praised for being capable, NTA 👏

Cha0ticFantasy | Cha0ticFantasy

Empowering or insensitive? NTA says it's all in perspective. 🤔

iammeallthetime | iammeallthetime

Empowering Melissa despite her condition. NTA in spades! 👏

Unagi-86 | Unagi-86

Empowering an autistic classmate to help is not heartless. #NTA 👏

Solgatiger | Solgatiger

Treating an autistic classmate as an equal - NTA 👍

BudgetPoetry7939 | BudgetPoetry7939

Autistic woman defends classmate, educates about autism spectrum. 👏

fauxpawfritter | fauxpawfritter

Empowering an autistic classmate: NTA for giving a 'hard task' 👏

watainiac | watainiac

Autistic classmate's capabilities respected, commenter says NTA 👍

Ambitious-Screen | Ambitious-Screen

Autistic individuals are often brilliant. NTA for empowering them! 👏

Pand0ra30_ | Pand0ra30_

Questioning ableist assumptions in group project, NTA wins 🙌

SweetPotatoFamished | SweetPotatoFamished

Empowering an autistic classmate despite condescending group members. 💪

Nathanfatherhouse | Nathanfatherhouse

Treating a classmate with autism as a peer is NTA 👏

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Empowering move defended against insensitive idiots. 💪

blucougar57 | blucougar57

Autistic students are capable, conscientious and smart. Don't underestimate them. 👍

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Empowering response to ableist group, advocating for autistic rights 👏

Save_the_Manatees_44 | Save_the_Manatees_44

College student not at fault, but accommodations should be considered. 👍

Opening_Arrival_3433 | Opening_Arrival_3433

Empowering comment defends autistic classmate and calls out ableism. 💪

naplover64 | naplover64

Fighting ableism and empowering classmates 💪

Wizardinred | Wizardinred

Empowering moment as student with good intentions takes on challenge 💪

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Autistic person praises classmate for treating them as an equal 👏

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Standing up against ableism in group projects. 💪🏽

re_nonsequiturs | re_nonsequiturs

Autistic individuals are not 'lesser' or 'stupid' - NTA 👏

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Redditors question authenticity of story, but agree with NTA judgement.

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User calls out made-up story about autistic classmate.

Honest_Ebb_8328 | Honest_Ebb_8328

Autistic student shares frustration with being treated differently, despite capabilities 😠

LeahDragon | LeahDragon

Autistic classmate is capable, classmates are ableist 🔥

Korilian | Korilian

Treating someone differently due to their 'condition' is discrimination. NTA.

Motor_Business483 | Motor_Business483

Defending an autistic classmate against ableist classmates. NTA 👏

TheBattyWitch | TheBattyWitch

Empowering a classmate with autism: NTA for letting her try 👏

kagaAkagi1 | kagaAkagi1

Discrimination against neuro-atypical people is unacceptable. NTA for empowering Melissa. 💪

principalgal | principalgal

Supportive comment applauds correction of ableist behavior by classmates.

dedoktersassistente | dedoktersassistente

Misconceptions about Autism lead to unfair treatment. NTA 👏

Acrobatic_Business49 | Acrobatic_Business49

Empathetic comment applauds giving opportunity to classmate with autism. 👏

Irishjennie26 | Irishjennie26

Autistic professor defends NTA student against ableist classmates. 💪

ghost_of_anansi | ghost_of_anansi

Excluding a capable person with autism is ableist and dehumanizing. #NTA 👏

GenjisWife | GenjisWife

Treating an autistic classmate like a person is empowering. 👏

Firnen_Olavsson | Firnen_Olavsson

Empathy and understanding towards disabled classmates is crucial 👍

ZergRushHour | ZergRushHour

Empowering teamwork between classmates with different abilities 👏

WickedAngelLove | WickedAngelLove

Defending the capable autistic student against ignorant assumptions 💪

mrmanson15 | mrmanson15

Autistic student doesn't want to be babied, NTA 👏

Copperhob | Copperhob

Fighting ableism: Autistic classmate deserves equal tasks. NTA 👏

ReasonInternational9 | ReasonInternational9

Curious comment seeks context for backlash 🤔

ATipsyBunny | ATipsyBunny

Disheartening comment brings negativity to heartwarming story. 😔

cyclepath222 | cyclepath222

Don't underestimate people with ASD. Treat everyone with respect 👍

Viola-Swamp | Viola-Swamp

ESH classmates need awareness of autism and to ask Melissa's needs 🤔

10pmThoughts | 10pmThoughts

Preschool lessons on empathy still apply. NTA wins.

JuliaX1984 | JuliaX1984

Parent of child with autism praises empowering project collaboration 🤝

Top_Thing4890 | Top_Thing4890

Supportive comment for parent of child with autism. 👏

Decent_Bandicoot122 | Decent_Bandicoot122

Standing up against prejudice and empowering a classmate. 💪 NTA

metal4timmy | metal4timmy

Empowering act towards autistic classmate, NTA. Job well done 💪

Primary_Valuable5607 | Primary_Valuable5607

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