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Autism Collective

When I started posting as an autism advocate it was the most challenging thing I have done. I thought I knew very little about autism, about everything really. I was under the impression that I had no discernible talents. In fact I had been under the impression that all I brought to others lives was chaos and pain.

I had separated myself so much that so far this year I’ve learned about Air Jordans. As well as i-Phone origins and why BlackBerry stopped making phones, oh, and MySpace. So it’s safe to say I am still playing catch up in many places.

I wanted to represent the community because I wanted to help inspire, help unite our community, and change perceptions about autism. I was thrown in the deep end because the #NewLifeAutistic campaign was much more successful than I had ever thought. In fact what I remember most about the first year is panic attacks and meltdowns. However, I reminded myself that there had to be a reason other advocates encouraged me to go public. To be seen after a lifetime of hiding.

The last two years have been a rollercoaster, but it’s had some incredible highs along the way.

It also highlighted areas of my life that I do need to focus on. Next year (as of January 1st) mylifeautistic will identify as an “Autism Collective”. I will also stop being a social media influencer at that time. This change simply means that l (we) will be community focused, but we won’t be speaking for anyone but ourselves . This applies to Jeni, myself and anyone else involved in mylifeautistic.

This just takes a bit of the self imposed pressure off. I have always tried to be respectful of speaking for the community, and also felt the weight of that. I am honestly not sure I could have done it without the encouragement of the community and caregivers. We just wanted to take one day, to make this announcement, and give a heartfelt thanks to all our supporters.

All our best and love

Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern

Words – Ross Fraser

Graphic Design App – Canva

In association with Service Graphics and Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool.

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Ross Fraser
Ross Fraser
Dec 20, 2023

With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to make a quick announcement regarding some small changes to mylifeautistic. These will come into effect as of January next year. I have thought long and hard about this l, and I had planned on doing it in September next year. We will still put out community and caregiver comments (anonymously if requested), so that does remain the same as we do now.

I’ve realised this year that I may have to go back to basics with technology, mathematics, bills, taxes etc. Much like I had to do with reading and writing. It really is hard to know where to start. I also want to socialise more in groups (etc)…

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