I thought it was about time that I updated my blog but postponing doing so until I received notice of very exciting news which arrived last night. With no further excuses to use, here are the stories of what I have been doing and where I have been galavanting to in the last four months.
In the last chapter, I had been assisting FOH (Front of House) at a Brisbane production of Chicago. Here is a photo of myself backstage in preparation for the Opening Night Party.
In October, I completed my final assignment for my Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies; all 3,215 words of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of the academic component of the course as well as learning a lot about myself in the mean time. I earned my Graduate Certificate with 3 Distinctions and a Credit for my four subjects. My overall mark equated to a 75.75 which is an overall Distinction.
I have recommenced my Certificate IV in Education Support through an Education Provider in Brisbane although I have chosen to continue my studies through Distance Education. I am completing my prac at Brisbane Montessori School in Fig Tree Pocket and loving it. My goal is to be finished by December and to gain 2-3 days of employment per week in 2020.
2018 also saw me participate in the Autism CRC Future Leaders Programme with other autistic young people from around Australia. Most of the components were online but the programme also included training in Brisbane as a group. There will be many long term friendships from this group and in fact the Brisbane based members of the programme met up for dinner and catch up a few weeks a go.
As part of the programme we are required to do 50 hours of prac. I am completing mine on Wednesday at QAGOMA, the Art Gallery/ Modern Art precinct in Brisbane. It is of walking distance along the river from home and I am loving it.
In November I travelled to Perth for the first time and spoke at the Autism West Symposium for 45 minutes !!! Other activities during my time in WA included meeting new friends, visiting Fremantle and Fremantle Prison, visiting Perth Girl Guide Units and Rottnest Island where I partook in some seriously memorable experiences.
In December, I attended a ceremony at Government House with my mum and dad where I received a Special Commendation in the Individual Achievement Category. I was able to meet up with Cynthia and Summer, friends who I had met through online advocacy and mum, dad and I met the Governor of QLD. Talking of awards, I also received my 10 year service award from Gymnastics QLD at a ceremony in early 2019.
Now for my exciting news. In the last three days I have received notifications that made me really happy. On Tuesday I received an email saying I have been nominated for an Autism Spectrum Australia’s Recognition Award in the Inspiration Award for Individual Achievement- Adult Category.
Yesterday, I received notification that I have been accepted to speak at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Singapore in June. I am part of a group of many Australians going so I will know others and won’t be alone. I am learning how to tighten my spending and save 😬😂
Last bit of news, I am now teaching Circus on Saturday as part of the Umbrella Circus Program which is for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.