Monday, July 1, 2019

I’m 51 years old, from Edmonton, alberta, Canada

 I’m currently unemployed and have been for a number of years. Don’t really like it, but just accept it
something people would be surprised to know about me is:
  I’ve been playing the double bass for about 39 years and have written two books (with my mom’s help) on growing up with Asperger’s syndrome

I’d like to make the world more accepting and autism friendly, especially when it comes to employment and overall support.  There seems to be lots of stuff for children, but nothing when it comes to teens and adults.

Something I would like to tell others who are autistic is that: If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.

Something I want to tell fellow autistics: 
we are not alone…we are all here to support and help each other, hopefully

My mom noticed my odd behavior, stimming, etc, and knew I was different. She mentioned it to someone she met at a dinner party and he told her “your son has Asperger’s syndrome” which we knew nothing about….and almost nobody did either.  This was back in about 1995. 
how did I feel when received my diagnosis ? surprised and enlightened.
Today how I feel about my autism is that I sorta take it for granted….now I know….doesn’t make things a whole lot better or easier, but
at least now I know

Life has been difficult  with many obstacles since I recieved my diagonsis later in life. Nothing was known about asperger’s syndrome (*high functioning autism) back when I was growing up in the 70’s. Maybe something was known about autism generally back then, if you were diagnosed as a child and they “caught it” in time. My childhood was pretty difficult, to say the least. There was so much we (and I ) didn’t know about, nobody did- asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia. It was only much much later until I figured out I had these conditions, and by then it was too late for any help/support.

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