Today I received my Post Graduate Certificate in Autism. I have one or two other modest academic awards but I am proud of this because it was achieved while carrying out my role as an autism parent and father. It cost me time and money I never really had and in that respect I am pleased to have managed. At times the situations I tried to study in were .. well unconventional!
Life as an autism parent and providing support for others is however a much greater and ongoing challenge. While studying the academics I met along the way generally showed little understanding of life with autism however and in recent times I have finally realised the gulf between those who live with autism and those who earn a living from it.
To all the people living with autism who struggle daily due to a lack of awareness and understanding, and all the families that have no fit for purpose supports but are trying their best to manage while being short changed by those who should know better, that is a remarkable achievement. Everything else is academic.