I’m ecstatic. I mean seriously happy!!
Those of us with FAS so many times hear how we can not make it in the world. There is nothing we want more but to be like our neurotypical friends.
I am here to share with you that even though I had every odd against me, I have made it! I have beaten every odd!
Eight years ago, I had written a book. A newspaper editor got a hold of it and she read it. She loved it so much that she contacted me and asked me if I had ever considered writing for a newspaper. I gave it a try. Eight years later, I won state journalism awards.
One of the articles I covered was about a school for autistics or a school for those that are not neurotypical. A teacher who decided to leave the school system and open her own school for kids who need sensory-friendly, teacher-sensitive environments.
She started a school by Canton Ohio called Idea House (http://www.ideahouseeducationalservices.com/.) The story I was able to write for them, generated such a positive rippling that Angi (founder of Idea House) remembered me.
I recently left the newspaper business. I have been trying to figure out how to make things work financially. I don’t have the most typical brain. Finding a job that will fit is a little difficult for me.
Idea house is getting ready for their school year. Angi and I were talking. Next thing I know, I go in for an interview and I have a job with them. I will be writing their newsletter, doing their website, photography, helping with the kids, and I will be organizing her office. It fits me so perfect! I could not be more excited!
On the way home from the interview, I get a call from Jeff Noble from http://fasdforever.com/ . and he asks me to be involved with a conference call coming up in September and we discussed possibilities of plugging me into more opportunities to help with FASD. I would do anything to advocate for this cause.
So, in one day, I got a job where I will be working at a school for kids with neurodisabilities, and I will have another opportunity to do a conference call to help caregivers whose loved ones have FASD.
I have FASD. This is a success!
When I was in kindergarten, I got the will not graduate high school diagnosis. Ann’s disabilities are too significant. Brain damage is permanent. Well I got a masters degree and with much determination, I can make these things happen! When I was on the phone with Jeff Noble, he said he wanted to share my success story and I told him, I know I screw up a lot. I know I have had my problems, but the thing is I don’t stay down.
I won’t stay down.
We might have a diagnosis with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but that does not mean we are not able to be successful and positive contributors to this society. Don’t let the negatives you hear, be your future. Write your own future. Do it, in spite of. Do it to prove them wrong. Do it because you are a person with hopes and dreams and aspirations. You are the author of your future.
Don’t let FAS be who you are–as a negative. Don’t deny it. Grasp on to it. Be proud and use it to make a difference in other’s lives and in your own.
And don’t let other’s negative thoughts and opinions of you, consume you…
Yea, we think differently…
Yea we are wired differently…
Yea we have sensory issues.
Yea we have meltdowns.
Yea we need time outs.
Yea we have processing problems.
Yea we don’t understand things like everyone else.
Yea, we have auditory, eyes, and speaking problems.
We might do things differently, but sometimes different is better.
Being wired differently allows for creativity and uniqueness.
We might have sensory issues, but we are so sensitive to all around us.
We have meltdowns, but we are trying to learn how to make them less frequent.
I might have no depth perception and my eyes don’t converge, but I see a tear before it falls.
We might not be like everyone, but we are not less than.
In fact, we are amazing and can be great contributors!
Yes we can…one of my first blogs about making it in spite of the odds…http://hopefasd.blogspot.com/2012/04/all-i-hear-is-blah-blah-blah-reposted.html
Ways that we are different…but AWESOME!..Pull up a blade of grass, sit down, and get to know me. .http://hopefasd.blogspot.com/2012/04/see-world-through-my-eyes.html