Yesterday I got an incredible email from my boss at work. PFA, the company I so proudly work for and represent, is celebrating their 20th anniversary in January. So what gets me excited about this? And what’s so incredible about that? A lot of companies have been operating for well over 20 years. Well, my company is starting a campaign called “20 for 20”. According to the email I received, I have been chosen as an honoree for the campaign. The email, in part, read, “The Board of Directors and Staff of Pathfinders for Autism collectively voted on 20 such individuals and businesses. I am thrilled to announce that you have been chosen as a 20 for 20 Honoree. Congratulations! Sharing your stories and perspective add more value to our trainings than I can adequately describe. Bottom line is – YOU MAKE OUR CLASSES BETTER. As an Honoree, we may ask you to represent Pathfinders for Autism during the 20-week campaign (February 1-June 15). For example, we may share stories of our journey together through social media and you may be asked to appear on TV or radio as part of the campaign.” I know this is a big deal and in no way do I take regret in the fact that I am a self-advocate for such an amazing organization.
I am proud to part of the PFA “family”. I am merely doing my job, nothing more. My job is to inform as well as entertain. I use some comedy and anecdotal stories, but my job is to inform whoever it is at that point in time about my diagnosis. I think this recognition is maybe a little undeserved. I mean, 20 years is a long time. I have only been there for three years. I can’t help but think there might be someone who is *slightly* more deserving than me. But then again, 19 other people got the email, too. So obviously it’s not all about me. But still, the fact I got considered at all, to me, is pretty damn amazing.
It is flattering to me knowing I am making a difference, and means even more to me that my work and whoever I present to think so, as well. I am sincerely honored and humbled knowing my work is being recognized and I am being almost idolized by PFA. I have to admit; I am feeling pretty good about myself right about now.
Having said that, I know I cannot get complacent or big-headed about this. If anything, this makes me want to work even harder. If I can get recognized locally, I know I can aim maybe a little higher. It’s all about who you know. I have had nothing but great things to say about PFA before, but this just makes me love and respect them even more. So if anyone from PFA is reading this: THANK YOU!
I love my job and all involved! A big thank you to my work and my co-workers for even considering thinking of me for this. It is more of an honor than you will ever know. The pleasure is all mine!
So, have you ever been recognized? If so, what for? Thanks for reading!

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

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