Meet Nicole from Ontario
… just because you're an adult you don’t outgrow autism, and you still have struggles to overcome.
Nicole was diagnosed with autism as an adult, at 23 years old. She has an important message to share, and that is to not give up when faced with challenges at any stage of your life.
Nicole Is adventurous and outdoorsy, she loves nature and enjoys bowling In the Special Olympics league.
Nicole really loves animals, she has two dogs, and she would love to work with animals at a sanctuary one day and continue expanding her vast knowledge.
Learn more about Nicole in this Q&A below.
At what age were you diagnosed with autism?
I was officially diagnosed with autism at 23 years old. I was diagnosed in grade five for developmental disability, but they couldn't pinpoint for sure what It was.
How has autism affected your life?
Growing up I have had problems with textures and food. I had problems in school and at home. Trouble making friends. I don't do well in crowds, or loud. When overwhelmed I need a quiet place with my stuffies.
How does It make you unique, and how has It helped you excel?
I have a real love for nature and animals. I have a lot of knowledge about the outdoors and animals. I have two dogs named Tobee and Seamus. Tobee Is my support dog.
What struggles have you faced because of your autism?
My eye contact is not good, and I get anxious about social situations. It Is hard to explain how I feel. School was hard.
How has your family supported you through your autism journey?
My nieces come to the Autism Speaks Canada Walks with me. My Mum support me by knowing the signs and helps with my routine.
Has your life been impacted by Coronavirus? What are your some of your goals and hope for the future?
Yes. I have not been able to go to my day program or Special Olympic bowling.
In the future I would like to work with animals at a wildlife sanctuary.
What advice would you give to a young person, recently diagnosed with autism, wondering what the future holds for them?
Don't give up, there are lots of resources out there. There are a lot of accomplished people with autism.
What five words best describe you to the world?
Funny, outdoorsy, adventurous, kind, helpful
Why are you interested in becoming an Autism Speaks Canada Ambassador?
To show people that just because you're an adult you don’t outgrow autism, and you still have struggles to overcome.
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