A mum has shared her son's moving poem on Facebook after it brought her to tears.
Ten-year-old Benjamin Giroux, who has Aspergers, was asked to write a poem for a school assignment, titled I am.
"Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the "high functioning" end of the spectrum," says the Autism Speaks website.
Sharing the poem on National Autism Association's Facebook page, Benjamin's mum said "he was given the first two words in every sentence" as a guide for him to finish and the result has touched thousands
"I am odd, I am new. I wonder if you are too," Benjamin's poem began. "I hear voices in the air. I see you don't, and that's not fair."
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Benjamin's dad, Sonny Giroux said: "We were both so proud, and yet so heartbroken, that this was how he felt."
Sonny and his wife said they wanted to share their son's work to show him "that he is not, odd, alone, or isolated and that his diagnosis is something to embrace and not something to hold him back."
The post has been shared almost 5,000 times and has received over 9,000 likes.
The reaction on Facebook has been overwhelmingly positive for the family with many describing the poem as beautiful.
"Beautiful. Made me cry x," wrote one commenter.
Another wrote: "It saddens me because it's a reminder of the difficulties our children with Aspergers go through. Beautifully written Benjamin! Well done."
As a result, Sunny says that "each like, share and comment he's received since has made him feel like not only he does fit in and belong in this world, but has also moved him beyond words that he's touched so many."