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I live with my wife and son Joshua. I'm on the wrong side of 40. I have autism, diagnosed in adulthood. I have had a sruggle with life all along although it is beter now I am diagnosed. I feel better about being what I need to be and doing what I need to do. Iknow I am not a faulty neurotypica person. I battled with this belief most of my life. Its been hard to get here and to have survived a life of total misunderstandings and criticism. I have a keen sense of justice and empathy for people who are discriminated againsed. During my working life I have been able to work well with autisitic people. Today I run a service for autistic adults in my home town. I have developed things from scratch. the service I have developed looks and feels like nothing else I have seen. The difference being that me, an autistic person, set it up. We work with a light touch. All brakes and criticism come off and we seek to fing the place of comfort for every autistic service user. Then, naturally, they will develop and persue their goals in life. Thre is an ambiance of peace and simple quiet acceptance. Because I do not see any autistic culture as a problem I have helped a great team of neurotypical people get to be at ease wiht autism. Hey presto al the behaviors associated with stress melt away. Meltdowns are a rare thing. In the peace people grow. I spend a lot of my time advising families from the point of view of an autistic person who grew up in a family. I have a way of helping people, everyone involved, build up undrstandings and peace in their families. I love my work and am in the process of going self employed in this line of work as an independent autism trainer, coach, advisor and mentor. My wife will also work with me on relationship work where there is an autistic and neurotypical person . I have a knack of helping people understand autism adn where they are in realtion to it. I can help people find peace in their families, work and lives. My training and advice is from my own experience and struggles in life, my aitism work and from reading. I have an ability to synthesise thught and see the relationships between ideas and situations, then I can quickly see souloutions. I love my family very much. My wife, Julie is very special and has helped me through some difficult years out into the life I have now. My son Joshua is fantastic. We are good friends and he has taught me lots about life. I have helped him see the alternative sides of life. He has a lovely attitude to people and a lovely vision of life. Sometimes I find it strange that I am an autistic father of a neurotypical son. He has led me into a deeper undrestanding of the neurotypical world, this has been a real help life. I love healing, always have. I am a good healer of tortured and lonely souls. I can see so much in people. I am an observer and miss very little even though I find interacting hard. People in pain come to me. They know they can talk. They know I will not judge. They sense I am an outsider too. We spend time, buld each other up and share healing. This is my life and my work. I have two great interests, cycling and photography. I do the daily and can talk about them for hours on end, autism style. I am a Christian and have been since 1989. I like my relationship with Christ. He to found himself on the outside, like I do too. He would not play the politics of mediocrity and compromise. He went all out for justice, healing and truth. He got rejected and crucified for his efforts so he could bring healing to us all. I like this way of living life. I will not and canot, because I am autistic, go down the road of compromise and injustice. Jesus is my best friend in my darkest hours when I have been rejected; again for being autistic and living the autistic life. Being on the edges of life is a hard place to be. It is also a lovely place to be. Here I can meet heal and be healed by all the other lovely misfits and hruting people that have been spat out by the majority culture. This is my life.
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