My Life as an Autistic Person
When I was younger, I didn’t understand anything of the world around me, nor did I understand language. I struggled with every aspect in my life -- with making friends, school, work, everything. I got myself through every single day by studying, memorizing and copying other people’s behaviour, words and customs. Even though at first everything I said and did was all just copied, I slowly made it my own and I gradually found my own language inside myself. I went from being a little frightened boy to a confident man who has quite an amount of self knowledge -- and who knows what he needs to manage his life.
When I look at my past I see a lot of situations nobody, autistic or not, should have to go through, if only there were more awareness and understanding. IA huge goal of mine is to pass on everything I have learned and everything that helped me to other autistic people and their families, and everyone else who interested in learning more about autism. I want to create a bridge between the autistic and neurotypical worlds, and I hope to be a voice to non-verbal autistic people. I raise awareness and understanding about autism in a few different ways -- I give presentations, I write about my experiences, and I make videos about many different topics related to autism.
Last year I was hired by publishing company 'Callisto' to write a book about autism called 'Connecting with the Autism Spectrum'. It was a great opportunity for me to share my experiences as an autistic person, and hopefully to help a lot of people to better connect and understand with autistic people. I'm very grateful that my book was selected as one of the 15 best books about autism in 2021 by Choosing Therapy. This means a lot to me.