Born in the 50’s, I was slow to develop. My parents consulted a local doctor who advised to “give it some time.” In 1968, armed with what little available resources my parents could save, my mother consulted with doctors at a leading hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After a series of tests, it was determined that I had brain damage without a whole lot they could do to change the damage. They suggested I be institutionalized.
Mom then found another facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They focus on the achievement of human potential. After another round of tests, they developed and implemented a program to suit my needs. For the next three years I endured a battery of exercises involving body movement, eye exercises, and breathing. The purpose of these exercises was to stimulate the blood more efficiently to my brain. Every three months we drove to Philadelphia for a progress evaluation. I improved steadily over time.
In 2007, and nearly 50-years-old, I was diagnosed with autism. This was a shock to me, but I developed the “life goes on” mantra. I read a book authored by Temple Grandin, an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University. She is known for her work in autism advocacy. I then watched her award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, which motivated me to write my own memoir.
The purpose of my book, Living Life with Autism: The World Through My Eyes, is to help, inspire and educate others, especially those whose journey is similar. For those with autism, cerebral palsy, or any number of other impairments or disabilities I offer this message: Living with a disability is not a death sentence it is a road block, so go down another path. Instead of letting autism over take you, over take it.
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Robert Shostak, Contributor