Simon – Interview 16b
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Simon is qualified in animal management and does voluntary work. Ethnic background/nationality: White British
Brief outline:Simon, aged 22 was diagnosed with autism when he was 5 years old. He has developed his own strategies to cope during social situations. Simon is interested in animals and aims to find employment in this area. Simon does talks on autism to help people to understand.
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And half the time it’s to do… it’s a comfort thing really, it really is a comfort thing. Sometimes, our obsessions become like sort of like a comfort really, for example if I had a really stressful day at school or something like that, I’ll just sort of play on my video game or something like that because it just made me feel comfortable with my obsession. I was playing this game over and over and over again because it just helps me feel at ease because it’s something I like and it’s, you know, I know how it responds you know, it’s very basic really and sometimes, a lot of autistic people we really, we’re great animal lovers. We like animals a lot and half the time the reason for that is, for me, or personally, is because they don’t talk back. Their social systems are very basic, you just, you go up to them, you stroke them, they respond you know, they respond more we can see it, whereas people they talk don’t they, about stuff, whereas animals they can’t talk, so they show it in physical form. So we can see it, which makes us more comfortable about it, because actually we can see what’s happening and stuff which sometimes really helps.
Because there’s nothing more wrong than sometimes at school that teachers sort of, they see that something is wrong with you, and they immediately assume that you can’t do anything. That you can’t do that, you can’t do this, you can’t do that, and that’s a completely wrong perspective for going about it. Being autistic just means I find certain things harder than other people would. It doesn’t necessarily mean I cannot do it. It just will take me a longer process to sort of be able to do that certain thing. But mostly it’s to do with repetition. I have to repeat something consistently for me to be able to do it then afterwards. Just do it, just like that.
So I started my last year of college and I had to go through the whole process again of making friends. And it was really difficult for me because I sort of had this sort of friend, and he sort of had been with me for the whole course I’ve started off in basically and now he’s gone and it’s like, sort of a bit being left on your own again basically and I found it really, really hard, and that kind of really affected me and another thing was the class I was in was quite a few characters in there and a lot of mixture of people and there were a lot of arguments in the class. A lot of friction because some people in the class disagreed with certain things other people in the class with and most of the time it was just whole lessons with argu… arguments basically and one main subject that caused a lot of arguments was the whole fox hunting subject, because there was some in my class who was, worked on a farm, and then there was some people that didn’t work on a farm, and they sort of didn’t understand that the person working on the farm didn’t like the foxes, because they’re killing their crops and stuff, and basically the whole argument, thus, basically what all the argument was about a few people didn’t sort of quite respect other people’s views in my class. That caused more problems and that basically all built up together and then yes, I sort of got depressed from it really.
Well so far, this is like a little job, I’m doing right now. I actually started doing my… these talks and stuff about autism for parents and stuff. It started off as like a little something, I don’t know, someone said, “Oh why don’t you talk it and stuff?” And I said, “Alright then. I’ll give it a go.” And it started off as say a little group, like four parents and stuff. And then that slowly developed into like a big group of 27 parents and stuff, all just me talking and giving them advice about autism and stuff and how, you know, how it affects me and stuff and how they can help people with it and stuff like that. That, sort of is my job at the moment. That’s what I’ve been doing. Just out, you know, doing all sorts of talks and stuff and giving parents advice and stuff like that. So I just, so far it’s been going really well. I’ve got to just keep, keep myself in the open really and show them I’m there if they need it and stuff like that. You know, keep yourself going really. Yes.
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