Sunday, September 8, 2019

Age 25
New Jersey, USA

Right now, I am job-hunting. I write articles and manage the website for The Empathetic Aspie. I love writing articles to help others.

I would like to change the world by inspiring people to be kinder to each other. I wish that neurotypicals knew more about autism so that they would be more understanding about how sensitive we can be to stimulation.

I was fortunate to have access to resources at school. I had speech therapy and worked closely with my school counselor in improving my organizational skills. In college, I had a class note-taker. She was the best resource I had because I was able to see what I missed in class.

I want to tell further autistic people: To everyone reading this, remember to be kind to yourself. This is advice that I am struggling to follow myself. This mindset can help separate small, human mistakes from larger ones. I am also happier with who I am than ever before.
When I first learned about my diagnosis, I felt relief because there were others that shared my struggles, though it did take a few years to understand how to accept my diagnosis. I am more confident in myself today compared to when I first learned about my diagnosis. I realized that my identity does not begin or end at my diagnosis, but it is a part of me. It creates challenges but it allows me to see the world in my own unique way.

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