It dawned on me that, because I was visible before I really learned to communicate the way I can now, I may not have been clear.
Everything I am doing is to try to help the community have their own voice. Potentially millions of autistic people and caregivers giving their views on what future generations need. If you haven’t had a look at the New Life Autistic campaign, please do.
As for the site and social media accounts, that happened a lot sooner than anticipated which was what made me visible. I thought it would take 3 years to get to this point, by which time a team of advocates would be the public faces, not me. That bit was completely unexpected and caused many meltdowns last year. I took the spotlight because I had come too far to let fear end it. However that spotlight was always for the community. I will invite advocates from across the world to write guest blog posts, giving other viewpoints based on their personal experiences. That team will be about 10-12 people when I stop doing this. They will continue the project, help it expand and bring in other advocates.
My role in this was always really clear to me, the community will be taking the journey as the sun rises. I am just here to help get things started and then I get to hear about the journey others will take in the future. That is more than enough for me, that will really make everything, ... my life, worthwhile.
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Words – Ross A Fraser
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