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Hope & Empowerment For Folks On The Autism Spectrum

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Paul with CamelOVERVIEW

That is for everyone on the Autism spectrum that includes people who are Learning Disabled and/or “seemingly” Non-Verbal – I cannot speak for everyone because all the profiles will be different in presentations, environments and personhoods.

WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE – GIVING PEOPLE A CHANCE

How about that? Giving people a chance to be free, giving them positive and balanced opportunities, life skills, aspirations the ability to dream of things, live life to the full and be healthy in their sense of personhood and balanced in what their Autism profile is  and means to them. Now I could give loads of examples here but for this blog I will not. To anybody on the spectrum, parents, carers and/or family members what do you want out of life? What will help you achieve this goal? What makes you happy?

EMPOWERMENT – SUPPORT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING

By tapping into the person’s Autism Profile/Fruit Salad (Donna Williams 2005/2005) and how a person with Autism can learn is key, how they integrate, understand and process information (which will be vast and different for each person) this can port over nicely into employment to (support is needed in both these areas).

Housing and independence skills are nice to giving the person potential healthy ownership of their lives, meeting potential friends and partners. The key in all these situations is to have supportive, empathic and balanced people working in all three sectors and allowing the person with Autism their own sense of self, identity and personhood is so important.

HOPE & HAPPINESS

We all need laughter in our lives, humour, giggling etc. In places which are safe but at the same time are opening the person up to big the world around them – I suppose it is about getting the balance right for each person and that will be diverse in itself. 🙂

We can all get along in this world it just that we need to help each other to help each other. 🙂

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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