I pride myself on my support network that I have been building since I was 14. It includes a lot of people. I will not list them all for privacy and Hipaa sake’s. Regardless I am proud of this network. I have found a large group of people with Asperger’s/Autism on the internet. I have been looking at quite a few different blogs here on WordPress and I am happy to say I have found similarities in my story. What I mean by that is I am not alone.
I was initially just ghost reading their blogs, but I have decided to stop doing that. I am going to engage with those I have been ghost reading. I believe that I will find out more about myself by doing this. I know three other people who have autism personally. I want to make that list bigger. I want to network with those on the spectrum.
By doing this I believe that I will build up an even larger support network. I already use this blog as a coping mechanism, but I need it to be so much more. To be perfectly honest I have ulterior motives here. I am really poor and I live on 500 dollars a month from my disability. I spent money on this website and I want it to make money for me. I am tired of asking my parents for money.
To my parents: do not be offended by this. I need to make it on my own eventually anyway. I appreciate all you have done and continue to do for me.
Anyway, I am reaching out via this post to put our heads together and work on advocacy for ourselves. I am slowly learning what real advocacy is. I firmly believe that there are a great number of people willing to help, but they do not know what to do. I want to inform them. Either through here or in person; I want them to learn.
Another thing I want to touch on is the misconception I have had about a certain organization. They appear on the surface to be benevolent in what they do, but I never considered that they are lining their pockets instead of helping those on the spectrum. I have donated to them and I have shown interest in participating in what they do. Upon closer inspection of them, however, I think I will withdraw my support of them. This organization being autism speaks. I have been looking at a lot of blogs recently that have been unanimous in their disapproval of the group. I did my own research on them and I have to concur.
Also I want to apologize to someone I know for stealing a catchphrase they use a lot. It is the title of this post and I hope he will forgive me. (This is all in jest. I am sure he doesn’t care right now.)