“I want people to understand autism is an important aspect of my life.” My name is Grace. I have a brother, sister, mom and dad. I will be 21 on June 4th, 2015. I have lived in three places in my life. First with my family in Deforest until I was 15. Then I lived at ODTC for 2 years and I liked it there. It's where I found myself after I had lost my way.
Now I live in Middleton with a roommate. I go to Middleton High School. This year I am taking Geometry and Sociology. I’m happiest when I’m at school and staying busy and focused.
I talk by typing and using my iPad. I feel nervous when people don't know I can’t talk because they probably think I am just stupid. I know I am not stupid but it makes me nervous that I can't talk to them and tell them that.
I am on a journey and I am getting better at living it just the way I am. I want to be a person who helps others but I need to find myself first. It is hard to be me and I struggle every day to not push people away.
Things in People Which I Like
-They talk to me
-They say that I am smart
-They ask me to type with them
- They are quiet
-They give me help when I need it.
-They don’t worry about catching autism
What I’d like you to know:Listen carefully to people like me because we are not good at being who we were meant to be.