I think people question the line of work I am in. I am in the advocacy business, more importantly…self-advocacy. I think people question whether this is “real” work. I like to think it is. I mean, I am making a difference, hopefully, in other peoples’ lives. While it is not a “traditional” job, like landscaping, chef, or a doctor, this is still my line of work. And while I did not go to college or attend any specialized classes, I did have semi-training. I think speaking comes naturally to me, and being able to use that talent to my advantage has worked out for the best. I love my job…and yes, to me, it is a job. I do not consider myself high and mighty or a spokesperson or anything. But in a way, I am. I know people in the Autism community here in Baltimore almost idolize and look up to me. This makes me want to work harder. But as with any job, maybe even more so with this one, I have to tread lightly. I know Autism is a sensitive topic and I have to watch what I say and do. In no way do I take my job for granted. I am extremely proud of my job and where it has led me. I am damn good at what I do and in no way do I take regret in anything I have said at work. Stick to what you know. As they say, “Find a job you like and you will never work a day in your life.” I am fortunate I have found such a job. I love going to work! I know some people wake up every morning and dread it. “Shit! I have to work today!” Me? For me it’s “YES! I HAVE WORK TODAY!” I love it! So do you consider self-advocacy a “job”? Either way let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!