Sunday, April 14, 2019

I’m 26 and I’m from Cincinnati, OH

I have several jobs. I am a Direct Care Staff for my brother who also has autism, a delivery contractor, I teach music lessons at a chain music studio, and I own a home music studio. I don’t like working for a chain music studio but I like my other jobs. 

Random fact about myself:
I don’t enjoy the process of taking showers. Thankfully, I still take them every day and keep up with my hygiene! 😂

My biggest accomplishment is deciding that I am going to do what I feel led to do and live in my own self worth.

I want the world to be a place where everyone has equal rights and a voice to promote positive change.

Autism is a part of who we are, but just as being neurotypical isn’t all a person is, autism isn’t all of who we are either. Autism and neurotypicality both manifest themselves in various ways, and all of those ways have strengths that should be celebrated and weaknesses to overcome. We are equal.

I’ve read some books on autism which have been helpful. Having parents that held me to the same standards as everyone else has been the hugest support that has helped me get to where I am. Therapy has also played a huge role in giving me the ability to recognize my own feelings and needs and communicating with others in much healthier ways. Most importantly, I thank God for creating me just the way He decided to and giving me the strength to do what He has called me to do.

I want those who are autistic to know:
Don’t make excuses for yourself because you have autism. Do everything you can to live your life the best way you know how, because no one can accomplish your dreams and goals for you.

My parents always suspected I was on the Spectrum. They said I repeated lots of things, played by myself a lot, had much more creative imaginations than other kids, had a crazy obsession with Barney, and had trouble comprehending a lot of what people told me. They took me to get tested, and half of the doctor panel thought I had autism and the other thought I had a Languaged-Based Learning Disability, and eventually they diagnosed me with the LBLD.

Later on in college, I had to study a psychology topic for my psychology class. Since I had a brother with autism, I figured learning more about autism would help me understand him better. The more information I looked up, the more I was seeing my own behaviors and thoughts, and I connected the dots.

The first reaction I had was sorrow. I was so upset because I believed autism was what was wrong with me. Thankfully, I now know that this is far from the truth!

I feel confident in who I am and I accept myself for that today.

I have mixed feelings about having a late diagonsis. I look back and see that I was pushed the same standards as everyone else and I did things that most people do like get good grades, graduate high school and college, and have the skills necessary to live independently

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