Meet Courtney Weaver
Though these are challenging times for our community and so many others, we continue to share authentic stories of autistic Canadians and their families. We hope these will offer a look into the many diverse perspectives in our community and provide inspiring and uplifting stories when we need it most.
Courtney Weaver, public speaker, writer and a proud autistic Canadian self-identifies as an ‘Aspergirl’. Since graduating with her Masters in Critical Disability studies in 2017, she works a variety of jobs related to autism and disability (Adviser, Autism Mental Health Literacy Project and Office Assistant for MP Mike Lake.). She looks forward to working and advocating for autism disability.
COVID-19 has resulted in positive and not-so-positive changes for me.
I miss the person-to-person interaction at work and office spaces as well as activities like going to the movies and the gym. However, doing work from home interspersed with walks has added structure to my life. I have been coping well by doing simple at home workout exercises and keeping myself busy with reading, writing, colouring and doing some family tasks (e.g. beginning to brainstorm a moving out talk series for my sister and her fiancé as they prepare to live together for the first time). Thankfully, with the new rules regarding social gatherings, I’ve been able to see a few more of my friends and family members especially in the past few weeks.
I am very concerned about the future of my work. I was laid off from one of my four jobs in mid-March and another one ended in April. Thankfully, my two remaining jobs, employment insurance and emergency benefits are helping me successfully make it through the summer. I’ve also have been approached for a potential job that would be start in the fall. However, this brush with COVID-19 has strengthened my personal conviction in the importance of doing at least one- or two-income generating activities on the side as well my day job(s). The overall economy is going to need a long recovery period after everything that’s happened. Also, if I hadn’t taken all of the job opportunities that I had been extremely fortunate to get over the past at least two years, I wouldn’t have had the incredible fortune of keeping most of my paid jobs right when COVID-19 hit in mid-March.
Living and coping with the global effects of COVID-19 has given other mixed results too. I’m sure that there’s a collective desire for more open businesses as well as increased job and leisure activity opportunities. However, this has also been a great opportunity to reflect on where we are as a society. Personal hygiene, disease transmission and how fast-paced our society has become will need to be taken into consideration going forward for flattening the curve, personal growth and for the world to be better equipped should something like this happen again.
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