Derby teenager opens up his heart about living with autism

As someone with autism, Reece Walker wants to explain how he, and others, should never be defined by their condition and is appealing for people to see beyond the labels that many like him are given. The 19-year-old former pupil at Alderwasley Hall School, wrote this piece when he came on a successful work placement at the Derby Telegraph.

The day I got a laptop was probably the turning point of my life. As a person living/surviving with Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism), I always found it difficult to form friendships.

I find eye-contact awkward with new people, change is a nightmarish experience and I don't see the sense in many of the things everyone else thinks is normal, for example birthday and Christmas cards are the weirdest thing in the world to me, surely saying 'happy birthday or Merry Christmas' is good enough.

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27th December 2016
Derby Telegraph