Why I Advocate

There are a few reasons as to why I do what I do for a sporadic living. One: I enjoy it. Seriously. I legitimately just love the fact that I can be so open and honest about my Autism in a professional setting. I know people who flat out DREAD going to work. They’re going, “Dammit! I have to work!”  Me? I am not one of those people. I get excited whenever I get to go to work. I know how important my role and job are. And in no way do I underestimate that. It’s exciting but it is still work and I am here to do a job. I take pride in my work. I feel, cliche as it sounds, that I have the BEST JOB EVER!!!!! In no way do I regret getting into public speaking. Probably the most important thing is, even though I emphasize my role as a SELF-advocate—I can only speak on my own behalf—is I know I am hopefully helping people both on and off the Autism Spectrum. That is the most rewarding part of my job. Knowing I am making a difference. I provide some insight as to what my life is like. I hope to Christ what I am doing is beneficial as well as entertaining. My job is my life. My work is my play as well as my passion. I truly feel everyone has their own unique story to tell. I have been fortunate in that I get the chance to share mine. I have not been stifled and told to shut up when I am working. Not to sound self centered but I think at the age of 29, I have one Hell of a story that should be told. I cannot wait to get to the next chapter! It also helps my boss “gets” Autism on a personal level since her son is low verbal Autistic. I love that! (Not the nonverbal son part. The part she gets the diagnosis.). Autism is not a death sentence. That is the one thing I want people to realize. Thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

2 thoughts on “Why I Advocate”

  1. Well said hon! I can’t wait for us to have our Autism advocacy business together! I am so proud of you! I love you so much!❤️

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