Molly is a Swim Instructor from Whitehorse, Yukon who loves spending time with family and friends. She was diagnosed with autism at age 5. She is now 17. Molly is a strong advocate and is creating a personalized path to adulthood.
What does it mean to you to be autistic?
It means that my brain and thoughts work differently than other people who don’t have Autism. I can do a lot of things most people can’t do but at the same time I sometimes don’t understand the simple things.
What are your autism strengths?
I follow the rules, I keep myself organized in ways that work for me, I am excellent with academics and my memory is near perfect.
What are some things that are hard for you?
I can be very blunt which insults people sometimes and I don’t have much of a filter. Whatever I’m thinking I’ll say without seeing if I should have. I also get distracted easily.
What role has your family played in your autism journey?
My family has been extremely supportive though all of it, especially my mom. She was my voice when I didn’t have one and taught me how to get my own.
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?
I would tell them that’s it’s okay to be confused and anxious about what this means. Find yourself people who will help you and support you on your Journey
What five words best describe you?
Intelligent, kind, passionate, brave, loyal
Why are you interested in becoming an Autism Speaks Canada Ambassador?
I want to help bring awareness to this growing community of people getting diagnosed.