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Today I got two great presents from 15-year-old Jake Soper and his mother Melissa, who run a T-shirt company. :D Jake has ASD and has been designing shirts since the age of ten, and together they run the site and page Autistic Hero Teeshirts.
(read more about his story here: www.autistichero.com/pages/about-us ).
These will definitely be getting their fair share of wears- especially "autistic hero". :D Thanks again, Jake and Melissa!!
(Side note- I have to admit, I literally laughed when I realised I had just received new *shirts* from New *Jersey*. ;) ) ... See MoreSee Less
Today's Awesome Story:
"Sebastian finished his last day of Pre-K today. He's moving on to Kindergarten. He's grown quite a bit this year and has worked very hard."
-Melissa Otalvaro ... See MoreSee Less
Question from Mark:
"Would someone mind putting my mind to rest, in my job I can't help but feel that people are indulging me rather than taking me seriously, and yet they have made every effort to keep me despite my best attempts to leave, albeit I've been in the place 29 years. Is this normally what people on the spectrum find or is this a unique position I find myself in? Not sure if this is the right place to raise this question but any answers / experiences / or anecdotes would be appreciated." ... See MoreSee Less
Because it's always important to ask for feedback:
If you could improve one thing about ANW, what would it be? ... See MoreSee Less
Fifteen years today, I was having (at the time) the best day of my life.
GCSE results day: after two years of consolidating a lifetime of education into a dozen letters, and trying to push them as high up the alphabet as possible, I went to the school office expecting an even split between As, Bs and Cs.
I ended up getting A*, AA, A, A, A, A, A, B, C. The A* being in geography somehow, the B being in German and the C being in art. A few life lessons, looking back:
1) I'm grateful my teachers focused on my strengths rather than my weaknesses. Those grades are unobtainable for people who are instructed to believe they're not supposed to be capable of it.
2) Intelligence alone isn't enough to get good grades. It took me a little too long, but in the end I worked out the value of hard work, and its direct correlation with good results.
3) I am now semi-fluent in German, working annually on a German kids' camp. My academic art went nowhere, except I kept it up as a hobby and ended up making loads of amazing friends as a direct result. Grades may be useful, but converting academic subjects into real life experience is what truly makes a difference.
4) Just because your four-year-old has the expressive language skills of a two-year-old and has "poor interaction with peers", it doesn't mean s/he can't pose for a picture 12 years later with a paper full of awesome grades and a drink that may or may not be champagne. 12 years is a long time, and improvements happen.
To those getting their results on Thursday, I wish you all the very bet. :D ... See MoreSee Less