Through this poem, Scott Lentine, a young man with autism, shares his goals and dreams.
One of the skills I have found most valuable is being able to accommodate myself in most environments.
I am looking to have more independence as I get older. Cooking helps me with that.
I have learned over the years to ignore and persevere. I spent years in the classroom with people that talked with their voice to communicate while I sat alone and typed one paragraph at a time. Typing and communicating are the same.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Do it your way in your own time on your terms. Remember you can be anything you want to be, you may just have to do it a little differently in order to fulfill your dreams. Dream big and let the sky be the limit.
Being on the autism spectrum to me was at one point in time a defining characteristic of who I am. It is not anymore.
In the disability rights movement, sheltered workshops and the sub-minimum wage are HUGE topics. I am going to share what I hear from Self-Advocates I’ve spoke to as Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered Vice President.
In the words of Kris, “To be able to communicate is a luxury, and it is a right not to be taken for granted. I’m trying to tell you all that without typing – I would be left without a voice.”
What is our place in the world? Who are we? Those questions should be easy to answer. Yet, they are not.
T.S. Elliot once wrote that April is the cruelest month. For Autistic adults and youth, this is largely true.