Achieving with Autism
Be proud of your achievements, no matter how small!
Small steps may seem insignificant to others, but they’re important to you and that’s all that matters!
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not capable of something. Prove the doubters wrong – show that you CAN and WILL achieve!
- I survived the shudders of school (see my ‘Autism in Education’ video to gain an insight into how daunting my school days were)
- I was awarded a distinction for a BTEC course at college (again, I experienced numerous difficulties within the mainstream college environment)
- I featured on BBC Points West in a report to promote autism in a positive light.
- I fundraised for the National Autistic Society, raising £1,020.77 by wearing thirty quirky, fancy dress outfits.
- I appeared in the local newspaper to raise awareness of my fundraising efforts.
- I’ve had my poetry published on the Ambitious about Autism website, in the Autism Matters magazine and in a Young Writer’s Anthology.
- I’ve attended events at local schools (including an Anti-Bullying Champions event, School’s Autism Awareness Week and Building Youth Resilience event)
- I met Temple Grandin at a National Autistic Society conference (Temple Grandin is one of the most influential people in the world – her diagnosis of autism meant that intuitionalisation was recommended)
On a personal note…
I have maintained friendships and arranged regular meet-ups (in the past, I have got extremely attached to people, meaning that the majority of my friendships have broken down because of a clash of expectations)
I have a boyfriend (see my ‘Social Life’ page for reasons why relationships can be difficult for people with autism)
I have more self-confidence. I’m generally a lot happier. I am proud of everything I’ve achieved.