A couple of years ago I was lost. My mum wasn’t sure what would happen to me in the world, she was scared people would take advantage of me because I am autistic.
I think I was a bit depressed that I couldn’t go to the shops by myself. I felt like a prisoner in my own house.
I got involved with Thistle through school. We did drama and acted moments we would face when we left school. Then we did Big Plan with our families. At Big Plan I said that I wanted to learn to travel. I wanted to be independent and to go places by myself, show I was capable. I didn’t want my mum running after me.
I was inspired by Alexander who had done the Big Plan before. He told us how he had cancelled his taxi and got a bus, I felt I could relate to that.
Coleman from Thistle helped me get the bus and gave me advice and my mum stopped worrying because I proved I was capable.
I went to meet-ups with other people I’d met, and then helped to arrange them. I became more involved and I did a traineeship with Thistle at a print studio and café at Out of the Blue drill hall. It made me confident. Doing the print studio got me interested in art. Art is where I put my passions.
Now I’m helping present Big Plan. I took the opportunity because I wanted to help young people and see their potential. In Big Plan, thoughts and ideas come out a reality. It helps make hopes come true. It doesn’t go on about your disability and labels.
Now I’m feeling excited about leaving school – I’m on top of the world. I’ll be free, not isolated from the world. Now I think my autism doesn’t define me – you define yourself!
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