May 28th, 2014 was when I first shared about living with Autism online. I was 16 years old when it was published as a blog story. It was not an easy decision, but I was inspired to share about what it is like living with Autism by an Autism Speaks blog story of someone living with Autism that my dad shared with me.
Today, it’s been exactly five years since my story of living with Autism was published! There were changes and updates I made in my life. To start, I recently graduated from college! That was one of my biggest milestones in my life! Plus, I decided I really wanted to be a teacher assistant/paraprofessional; I learned that even though they do not make a lot of money, I knew I can make more of an impact on lives of students, especially for students with disabilities. I felt that I can support a teacher’s teaching instructions and methods too, since I love working as a community. That was a belief that I still kept in my mind since then. In addition, I got to take American Sign Language courses at my college and have continued to learn on my own time. I knew how much ASL could help people as its own form of communication, and I knew ASL can benefit for my career. In all, I really want to help and continue making an impact on people’s lives.
Overall, I’m very thankful that I shared my story online! Since then, I was inspired to have my own web presence, Exceptional Shell, on various social media applications or platforms. I continue to share about living with Autism, and I educate about other disabilities, based on my own experiences about them. Let’s see where my life goes on in the next 5 to 10 years.