Hi! I am Heather. I am rather hard to define in a sound bite. But, I will do my best to sum up.
I am a philosopher with bachelor level credentials, and an international affairs scholar, particularly in the area of human rights and conflict prevention/nation building. I’m an amateur graphic and 3D modeling artist. None of which I can manage for pay because of the stress and social difficulties.
And, the reason for those difficulties is that I am Autistic and have PTSD and anxiety. I have had a very long, hard road in life. Internalized ableism and fat shame still affect my image of myself. I was abused at home and at school as a child. And, I have been an outcast and scapegoat for most of my adult life.
To be clear, I am not sorry I am Autistic. I’m am not broken for being born different. I am broken for all the effort to try to make me fit into a world that refuses to understand me and my kind. I am currently doing my best to help others learn more about Autism and Autistic people so we can get to tolerance and acceptance. It is only then that we will be able to move forward.
Welcome to my corner of the web.
I am going public about my life to help advocate for acceptance and public policy change. We have made great strides, but we are still treated as diseased and a tragedy. We are still regularly abused at home, in schools, and even in the workplace. It is time for change.