Beginning to write about autism awareness through this blog was a big step for me. It was not without hesitation that I begun to write about my autism to an audience that was undefined. At that time, I didn't know who would want to read what I had to say. The nervousness that accompanies anticipation was present: what if no one found what I had to say interesting or helpful? Such is the nature of new experiences. I'm glad to say that I could not have been more wrong.
My writing about autism has made a difference. Regular readers of this blog will surely agree. I try to make it as personal as possible because that is what I have to share: a first person account of what it is like to live on the autism spectrum. Sharing my words have lead to an additional blog, OUCARES-Did you Know..., two weekly blog talk radio shows which air online; and a recent speaking engagement at a symposium about autism and employment.
Looking ahead to the future, I know that I would like to write a book about autism; I just don't know what direction I would like to take yet. In the meantime, I am concentrating my effort on my fantasy series, about a young heroine who has to come to terms with a whole new world and face far greater challenges than she had ever imagined. I don't want to give away too much here. All I can really say is progress has been steady. I will continue to write to raise autism awareness as a blogger and continue with my online radio programs.
In my life, I would like to accomplish two things: first of all, I would like to leave behind a world that is does not necessarily understand autism better but is more accepting of autism. I would also like to create a truly great piece of fiction that will become my legacy and live on far longer than me.