My name is Courtney, and I’m an autistic adult trying to navigate life as independently as possible. I have experience in both being on the spectrum, as well as helping raise my younger brother before I left for university. I am engaged to my best friend, who is also autistic.
I have several other disabilities and chronic illnesses – including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hyperadrenergic POTS, Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct (am deaf/hard of hearing), asthma, mild neurocognitive disorder, post concussion syndrome from five previous traumatic brain injuries, seizures, and other conditions. I use a wheelchair and am also an AAC user (I use an iPad to communicate often). I have a full-time caregiver and other support people who come to my home and help, which is very good.
Currently, I’m on a break from attempting my Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Family Studies. At my university, I founded and served as the President of our Neurodiversity Club. I am also a past McNair Scholar. I have, however, undergone medical withdrawal several times (thanks, chronic illness). I have one more semester to go, but I don’t know when I’m able to go back.
My past experience includes being the volunteer Teen and Adult Social Scene Coordinator for the local Autism Society’s community center. I also led workshops and presentations on autism and related topics. I’ve been a past participant in the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion program as well.
I do some public presentations and try to help provide other autistic people and their families with resources and advice. When I’m not busy with classes, organizations, or doctor appointments, I’m usually napping with my cat. I take a lot of naps.
I created this blog in order to form a comprehensive and helpful resource for autistic people and their families. I also occasionally vent and generally just document life as an autistic adult. Welcome to the website; I hope it helps!