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road1I have been on a journey as an autism advocate for the last two years now. I have learned so much about myself, about autism, and so many other things while I have been on this journey. But I am going to come straight out and say that there have been bumps in the road and obstacles standing in my way at various times throughout my journey.

Dealing with Life’s Struggles
Everything wasn’t always easy, and it still isn’t, but everyone, whether they have a disability or not, has a hard time every once in a while. That is a normal part of life. While some of my struggles may be different from most people who do not have autism, some of my struggles are the same.

Hopes and Dreams
My hopes and dreams for the future are the same as most people, I want to be happy and successful. Success doesn’t have to be something huge, it can be something that one does that makes them feel special and accomplished.

Two years ago when I began this journey of becoming a self advocate, I jumped in head first without stopping to get my feet wet and adjust to the temperature. I knew that this was what I wanted to do in life and I was ready to get started. I know there are many self advocates out there, but I was determined to stand out from the rest. I was determined to have my voice heard. And two years later, I can honestly say that I am doing that each and every day.

Working Toward Goals
My intent is to let parents and others know that anything is possible. Sometimes things will be hard, life isn’t always easy. But if you or your child has something they want to accomplish, support them and help them do so.

Here are some helpful tips of advice that I have learned:

  • Don’t ever give up!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • You are not alone; there are other people in the world who are dealing with similar things that you are.
  • You should never have to deal with a problem alone. Everybody needs a person that they can talk to, someone who will not judge them, someone who is there to listen and give advice.
  • You many not always need advice, but just support. Everyone needs that person who on a rough day, can give them a hug or tell them something that cheers them up and makes them feel better.

What have you found to be helpful dealing with bumps in the road on the journey of life? Please share in the comments.