Meet James, a self advocate from Saskatoon, Saskatoon that was diagnosed when he was about 16 and now he’s 31. He is sharing his story to help people understand autism better.
What does it mean to you to be autistic?
It makes it hard to focus on things or concentrate at times. But that means when I truly focus on something, I can give it 100% and push through it.
What are your autism strengths?
I am kind, considerate, and respectable. I get along with most people and like writing in general.
What are some things that are hard for you?
I have a hard time remembering things or focusing, often losing attention with things that I try to do.
What role has your family played in your autism journey?
My family has been super supportive through all my struggles. I’ve grown close to my family because of my autism and they’ve become more understanding of autism as a whole because of it.
What advice would you give to a person, recently diagnosed with autism, wondering what the future holds for them? What are your goals and hopes for the future?
Never give up just because your autism gives you weaknesses in some things. You’ll still be able to find strengths in other things.
What five words best describe you?
Calm, understanding, kind, dependable, fun