First up, it’s a pleasure for me that you have encountered this site, amid a plethora of sites written by autistic individuals. It’s an honor to be a part of the autistic self-advocacy movement, and as part of my personal campaign to showcase myself as a person on the autism spectrum, I’d like to share with you my adventures in the neurotypical world as I play the role of Big Brother to fellow autistics, my real-life siblings, and to the community.
Let me tell a quick background about myself. I am a 29-year-old Filipino young autistic adult. I am a multimedia designer, communicator, former customer service representative, and a future schoolteacher. I am a graduate of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, and am currently enrolled at the Philippine Normal University on its certificate program in Professional Education (a requisite to become a licensed teacher).
I have been involved in the autism advocacy and disability rights movements since I quit my previous job as a call-center agent in one of the Philippines’ known business-process outsourcing companies after working there for over two years. I was an active member of the Autism Society Philippines, and am currently the Board Secretary of their local chapter in the City of Bacoor, Cavite. Also, I do volunteer work for children with special needs, where I realized my current mission: to be an inspiration and a hope for people like myself, who struggle for acceptance in a community that has to yet accept us.
Currently, I work with NORFIL Foundation, Inc., a community- and family-based organization as its Training and Documentation Officer for its Community-Based Rehabilitation program in the Province of Ilocos Sur.
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My opinions, insights, and reports are written, edited, and published by me, and I own most content. I do, however, give credit to other writers and sources from whom and which I gather quotes, statements, and information.
If you feel the words and the rhetoric I use are too strong for you, well, I am sorry if you feel that way, but I normally don’t mince my words, nor do I sugarcoat them. I say what I mean, and mean what I say.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please do them in a civilized and professional manner. I don’t answer to “ad hominem” comments, replies that are written in a manner that attacks me personally and not the thought of my statements. Also, please observe the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you want others do unto you.” I observe it to the letter, so do yourself a favor.
Thank you for visiting, happy reading, and enjoy my adventures!
Gerard Joseph Atienza