I am a person who is in total control – in only my dreams. In reality, I am an autistic 18-year-old who always seems to be not connected. To everyone else, I have only a limited experience of life because I have only been able to communicate in typing for a few years. Now I’m here to let the world know that I have been waiting for years to not be overwhelmed by autism so I could get my real thoughts out.
For most of my life I existed as a non-verbal student in an autistic class. The interventions were the standard ones that left me trapped. In 7th grade, I had the life-changing experience of meeting someone who believed that I am a real person with a mind intact and worth getting to know. Through that supportive relationship, I learned to calm my internal sensory challenges so that I could type out, letter by letter, my thoughts. Fast forward five years, and now I am in all general education classes in 12th grade. In high school, I have been able to get the education and experience I have always wanted.
To everyone with or without autism, I hope you can find some hope and meaning from the experiences I have had, and how they have given me my desire to change how we are treated.