What will things be like?
I am nervous
I worry about my past
Move forward to be who we are
Time for some relaxation
We will learn
We will be comfortable in society with every one else
Autreat, Oh my god, I can’t believe I am going!
I will go home and feel better about how I am in society
The trip from Autism Network International taught me lessons, helped me express myself, and continued to meet new, interesting people. Every one had their own unique gift to share with every one. I just hope more people can attend next year. The interaction badges were the most intriguing part of the retreat. Each badge represents a different color to signify when a person is ready for interactions with other people. The ‘Red’ badge represents being by yourself unless you initiate the conversation, the ‘Yellow’ badge represents a step further in the conversation where someone can initiate only, and the ‘Green’ badge represents normal conversations. It depends how much conversation a person can have due to how much stimulation we can get at the time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Autreat because it helped me be even more comfortable with who I am. Next year I hope Autreat can work with Adaptations to help work together to create more Autistic space for every one!
Every morning I woke up early just to see the sun-rise and stay to watch the sun-set. Sometimes I would see someone awake in the morning who I spoke with during the sun-rise, but I just liked to experience the new era of a new day while at the time of sun-set I enjoyed reflecting on my experience from that day. I really enjoyed the Glow Party which was our version of Fireworks, however some of us did see Fireworks in town the previous day anyway. I tried to learn how to play the African drumset which was quite fun as well as making my own tee shirt with paints.
It was a great week in Johnstown because every body had a chance to help each other. I got to get to know many people I knew online and others I just learned to get to know. From learning to being a better advocate in social media to learning how to eat healthy to learning more about sexuality to learning how to communicate physical feelings/symptoms to a doctor; there were many important topics covered at the presentations. I really loved the non-judgmental atmosphere, the quiet nature, and the respect every one had for one another. It reminded me that we have to attribute our own self-worth to feel dignified and gracious as well as know we all have something to help. No body can not take that away from any one person in society.
As my answer to my poem above about Autreat:
Be who you are,
Be what you can do,
and Be yourself.
Don’t be someone you are not,
but don’t say no to can and say I can not.
Just be the best you, you can be.
Not every one is a Renaissance,
yet to be a Renaissance we can try.
Just be who you are and that’s all that is asked of you,
and don’t let any one step all over you saying
I can’t express the gratitude I have toward being able to attend Autreat.
(I know its been awhile since my last post, but I hope to be posting new things soon!)