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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by PlasmaticGames, Jun 17, 2021.

  1. PlasmaticGames

    PlasmaticGames Game Developer

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    Hello!

    My name is Joshua. I'm 21 and have been officially diagnosed with HFA at the age of 17 I believe through a psychiatrist with 2 consulting psychiatrists verifying I'm Autistic.

    I spent much of my youth getting a 'no you're not autistic' by so many professionals. My family and I knew I was Autistic and finally in 2017 I believe, I got the diagnosis.

    I have been in Oranga Tamariki care since I was 12 to 19 I think. Oranga Tamariki is New Zealand's Child Protection Services. I have been to many homes all over the country, from foster homes, care and protection facilities, mental hospitals, youth prison, and unfortunately even prison itself.

    I now advocate part-time for Autistics, those with Disabilities and Mental Health as well. I did a national petition in 2018 calling for all supermarkets to have a sensory hour for people with sensory needs and I'm pleased to say one brand of a supermarket has implemented that in some of their stores throughout New Zealand.

    I've spoken at a District Health Board conference regarding personal experiences with Autism as well as going to an Autism NZ event to meet with the Minister for Disability Services.

    I've met many government officials, media, etc. My story is long and I understand everything about Autism and Mental Health. I've been through the worst of Mental Health which is quite sad, however, I want to at least help people avoid what I've been through.

    Thanks for reading and it's good to be here!
     
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  2. VernalSole1355

    VernalSole1355 Active Member

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    General Kenobi.
     
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  3. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Welcome. It's so good to read your prospective and outlook, and respect your story. There are many friendly posters here. Thanks for joining,☺
     
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    Hi from oz.
     
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  5. VictorR

    VictorR Random Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome and thank you for being an advocate!
     
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  6. Barymore

    Barymore nevertheless, she persisted V.I.P Member

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    Hi there and welcome :)
     
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    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Too late ,I was diagnosed at almost 30 years older than you, I've had the experience of mental health services ,I'm in n.e.england so there wasn't a huge amount at the time it's still just teaching children who were diagnosed 20 years before me and later .
     
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  8. watersprite

    watersprite inadvertent vagabond V.I.P Member

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    Welcome.

    We’d like to hear more about your stories and advocacy work.

    :herb:
     
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  9. MyLifeAsAnAspie

    MyLifeAsAnAspie Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forums. Sounds like you should have some interesting stories about your life.
     
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  10. SusanLR

    SusanLR Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome here.

    Your post is very open and honest.
    This is a good place to find others who will understand and want to see you post more
    on your experiences. Glad you joined.
     
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