Monday, November 25, 2019
I am 47 years old. I am a Colorado native and I currently live in Foley, Alabama.
I work as a kennel technician for a living. I love working with animals because they love you unconditionally dispite the fact I have autism. I wish that my job was full time and offered me more then three days of paid vacation, sick days, personal days, and a 401k plan. I have been with the same company for 12 years.
Someone might be surprised to know that I am 47 years old and I still suck my finger and sleep with stuffed animals and my baby blanket.
Big biggest accomplishment so far is getting over 100 feral cats spayed and neutered on my limited income of $12.50 an hour. Considering it costs between $75 and $100 per cat to be fixed and given a rabies shot.
I would like to find a cure for autism so I could fit in with the world and have friends and a good paying job with medical benefits. I know I can't find a cure for autism so I would like to educate others about what autism spectrum disorder is. We are Always Unique Totally Intelligent Sometimes Mysterious. The letters in capital spell out Autism.
I wish that neurotypicals knew that those of autism don't like change. We like to keep our routine the same and when something in our routine deviates we are prone to a meltdown. I would also like neurotypicals to respect our personal space and not be so touchy feely. I personally don't like people to touch me.
I want to tell people on the spectrum to just keep putting one foot in front of the other because we never know what is waiting for us around the next corner.
An awkward story I would like to share is one year at Thanksgiving my husband and I were invited to a holiday gathering. I made a pumpkin pie from scratch. He ate someone else's pumpkin pie. Nobody ate my pie. I took my pie home with me and was so mad at him for not eating my pie I thru it all over him in my 1991 Camaro. It took my best friend and I two weeks to get all of the pie out of the car. Every year my husband and I make Camaro pumpkin pie.
Sadly as a child I was not diagnosed with autism so I never received any extra help or programs while in school. I was not diagnosed with aspergers syndrome until I was in my early twenties.
The signs and signals that myself and others saw that suggested I was on the spectrum is my stimming behavior. For example I rock back and forth, flap my hands, and hum if I am over stimulated. If I get mad I have a tendency to hit my head or chest. Also I don't like people in my personal space or touching me. Finally I am prone to meltdowns if my daily routine gets out of wack.
When I was finally diagnosed on the autism spectrum disorder I was relieved. I knew as a child I was different then other kids and when I was diagnosed the differences all made since. Plus once I had a professional diagnosis my parents and husband quit saying I was acting like a spoiled brat.
Yes I believe not being diagnosed as a child made things more difficult for me. I had very poor fine motor skills as a child. I feel that I would have benefited from occupational therapy. Also I have poor balance and believe I would have benefited from physical therapy. I also tend to speak thru my nose and mumble my words. So I believe speech therapy would have benefited me as well.
As for obstacles in life I have had numerous challenges in my life from my disability. For instance I wanted to be a special education teacher and I passed the place test but didn't pass my student teaching. The first time I questioned a teachers authority and they took me out. The second time I didn't interact with the staff and lost control of a first grade class when teaching them about dinosaurs. I love to hike but due to my lack of balance and poor coordination I have to hike with a partner. The problem with finding a partner to hike with is I have very few friends. I am brutally honest and a lot of people find me to abrupt.