Matthew's Story

I was born on August 18th, 2000 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Early on my parents knew something was a little different about me. At the age of 2 I was diagnosed with Autism. We had to move across the country to Calgary, Alberta in order to get the therapy needed to ensure I would be able to speak and live a fairly normal life. I went to a place called the society for treatment of autism ( now called Husky Energy center for autism ) and they worked with me for 4 years. At age 6 I graduated the program and we moved back to Winnipeg.

My elementary school years were a mixed experience. There was some bullying, but most people were decent. I had some friends, but not a ton. When I moved on to middle school things became worse. There was bullying, name calling, and I had no friends. The social cues and social norms changed so much as we entered our teenage years and I couldn’t keep up. However, when I entered high school things became better again, and as I progressed through high school things continued to get better. I had some friends, People knew who I was, and I felt more connected than ever before.

I graduated high school in June 2018 and since then, have moved on to university. This has been a real struggle. The classes are harder, and once again I have no friends as an adult. This is something I hope will change eventually, but for now, its very very tough. I want to pursue a degree that is going to lead me to a career where I can help people on a daily basis. This blog update will be posted on the Facebook page, and I encourage you to share with your friends on Facebook. Next update will come soon. Thank you.

Published by mboux2000

Autistic, disability advocate and blogger! On a mission to make the world a much better place

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