At the beginning of my life I believe that I was typical and something changed. Autism came in and took hold of my nervous system. The thing is, autism and my life are not so bad. My life is filled with family, friends, and purpose. I think autism and I want to be this way to educate people. The way to help is to keep reading my blogs and tell others about it. The book I am writing will be out soon on Amazon. I hope people will buy it and share it with others. I will be so thankful.
We need to help the other silent ones. I thank you for your support.
Autism and I had the honor of being on a panel for a symposium hosted by Jefferson and the amazing Dr Wendy Ross. For a long time she has been a tireless advocate for people on the autism spectrum. Being on the panel was the biggest honor of my life so far and I didn’t want it to end!
There were 100 attendees listening to what I had to say! That is hard for me to wrap my head around! A non speaking autistic was being the teacher! This was a thing that I couldn’t have imagined 3 years ago! The way that they respected us was a dream of mine that I never thought would actually come true. Autism and I are eternally grateful for the opportunity.
Autism and I are very happy most days. For a long time when I was younger, autism and I felt very down and that life was useless. It has changed now that I have a way to communicate. People put all of their eggs in one basket. They are either always being unhappy or pretending that they are happy, but they really aren’t. Autism and I are feeling like life has its ups and downs, and I think it is OK to admit that your life is not perfect but it is good anyway.
Take the first autistic person who lived a long time ago until now. Autistic people back then were locked in institutions and treated like animals. All I can think about is how they must have suffered and what an awful life they had. For autistics today life is good! Autism and I hold a job, attend an amazing program, socialize with friends, have a loving family, go to flea markets and thrift shops, and live in a comfortable home.
Being autistic has some perks and one of them is synesthesia. Synesthesia is when there is an overlap in your senses. Many autistics have this as well as many artists. Basically it is when one sense is stimulated another one is too. This is beautiful sometimes. When I listen to certain music I see gorgeous colors. Elvis Presley always enables me to see gold and yellow fluttering down from the sky. Autism is amazing that way. Nat King Cole and his Christmas Song has me seeing hues of purple, maroon, and brown. Take my word for it that it is beautiful! The colors are so rich and vibrant and unlike the colors here on Earth!
It is also common for feelings to come over you when you hear certain sounds. When I hear particular musical notes I get a feeling of tingles all over my body, kind of like how you feel after a massage. Can you see why I love listening to music?
Not all autistics have this ability but I am glad I do! Being autistic and having synesthesia is the coolest part of me. I wish everyone could experience it and see a world of color!
Autism and I are on a mission of love. Being autistic and unlike others can be isolating and lonely. Autism and I want to be with people and feel accepted for who we are. Being unable to speak puts us at a disadvantage for being social. For a time people thought we had no interest in others but that is not the case. All autistics would benefit from the love and friendship of others.
So lets start accepting them. When you see an autistic person out in the community say hello. Give us a smile. Tell them you know they understand everything and that they are smart. Speak directly to us, even if we are not looking at you. Know that we are there and are listening and loving you.
Autism and I are going to be listening and waiting for your love. Be generous with it because we can use all the love we can get.