Why being autistic doesn't mean you can't achieve

Even before my son was born, I had made a handful of plans as to what he would be. He would be funny, smart, almost certainly be athletic and he would no doubt have a successful job.

The day we were delivered an autism diagnosis when he was aged three, those plans were wrenched away from me with just the mention of the one word.

He was non-verbal and still not toilet trained. How would he ever achieve anything? He was autistic. I plunged into a depression where I couldn’t see the tunnel, let alone the light at the end of it.

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4th January 2018
Huffington Post