Thank you to Not An Autism Mom for featuring me this week and to everyone who has read my story so far! I am so humbled to have almost 400 Facebook shares in under a week and new followers here. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all!
I am autistic. I am 26 years old and grew up in a time where the solution to autism was to be sent to a group home. My mother was often ridiculed by doctors and called a bad parent for not doing so.
When I was about 5 years old she sat me down. I don’t often have faces and people in my memories but this is one memory where I remember her clearly. She said to me “You have autism. We don’t have all the answers but from this moment on you and I are a team. And no matter what I am always going to let you try. I know we will find all the pieces to this puzzle together.” This was long before puzzle pieces were the face of autism, before anyone knew what it was.
This will forever be the most pivotal moment of my childhood…
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