Anonymous inspirational story submitted for the raffle held by ASNC. (one of the winners)
one When I was five, I was diagnosed with autism. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the ability to communicate or interact. During my kindergarten years, I really struggled a lot on my communication and social skills; I remember not being able to talk with the other kids because of my speech delay. When my mom first learned this,she didn’t know what to do; she didn’t know what autism was at the time. To find answers, my mom educated herself on autism and learned more about it so that she could better take care of me. Because of my speech delay, the school decided to assign me a speech teacher. My speech teacher helped me improve my communication skills, and she taught me how to speak full sentences and pronounce words. There were some people that judged my mom for placing me in special programs, but she never gave up on me. It is thanks to my family and teacher’s unconditional support that I managed to endure my struggles in elementary school. As I got older, I was better able to socialize and connect with the other kids and even made some friends. Once I reached middle school and high school, I learned to overcome obstacles instead of letting fear cause me to run away from them . Over the years, I have improved so much, and some people find it hard to believe that I have autism to begin with. This experience is what has inspired me to go to college and major in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to work in a preschool or become a speech teacher; I want to help children overcome obstacles, just like how my teachers help me. For those with autism, or any other social or developmental disorder, I want to say that nothing is impossible, you can get through this. Never let others dictate what you can and can’t do or let them get in the way of your goals and desires. In the end, you have the power to decide what you are going to do in your life, and that goes for everyone! I wish you the best of luck.