Sunday, May 12, 2019
I figured I should add more to my story since my own is one of the shortest entries here. I’m allison, I’m 29 & I live in missouri. I don’t think my biggest achievement has yet to come, I feel like I will always be beating down walls of misjudgment on autism. As of now though, other than creating this project I have 3 college degrees. I have a Bachelors in Psychology, a Bachelors in Social work & a Master’s in Social work. I was diagnosed at 3 or 4 years old right when autism hit the DSM in the 1990’s. I was very fortunate in that regards. Common signs I showed was lack of eye contact, loving repetition, struggles in fine motor control such as opening doors. Something most people don’t know about me? My favorite color is lime green because it’s so obnoxiously bright. However, I prefer wearing dark clothing strictly as a sensory preference. I have a photographic memory & can recall random unimportant things easily. Only 3 years ago did I start to embrace my autism & proudly shout out to the world so openly that I’m autistic. I got so tired of masking & trying to fit In. But ,You know what? Being so open about my autism has made a world of difference with a huge anvil lifted off my shoulders. If people are going to treat me negatively for me being me, they are not worth my time nor yours. Be Unashamed & be you. What I would tell my autism community today- don’t give up. Keep pushing. Don’t let people determine your worth. Don’t let a mishap stop you from what you really want to do. If you don’t know what you want, that’s okay also. Just don’t let people stand in your way. Break the wheel & change the game. Learn to advocate for yourself & be your own voice. One of my biggest struggles is my fine hand motor movement. My brain signals to my hands is a bit delayed. So things like playing tennis, jump rope, writing in cursive, video games, steering a steering wheel when driving & etc, are really tough for me. People make all those tasks seem so easy & for me it’s not so easy. That struggle in particular makes it so hard to mask my autism from society without appearing very odd & awkward. It’s very frustrating sometimes to explain that quirk to people, as when I try to explain it, it usually sounds much more severe than what it actually is. It’s just that, those things are not so easy for everyone-okay? & that’s okay. I accept that trying to complete those type of tasks will be much harder work for me compared to others who can do it so naturally. My memorization & my eye for color patterns are skills that are natural to me that others have to work hard to equal up to me. I have just as many talents that are natural to me as I do with struggles. One unique quirk about me that I’m most proud of is my resiliency. I’m one of those people who will fall down but will find a way to get back up one way or another. I’m very loud, rebellious, resilient & stubborn. There are many times I am these traits in the best of times & in the worst of times when I need to stay quiet & walk away. I definitely struggle distinguishing when are the best & worst times.