My name is Jarod. I am 19 years old and I live in Mirboo North. I am the eldest of 4 boys on the Autism Spectrum. I enjoy computer games, watching YouTube, and talking about anything to do with Batman.
Other people haven’t really told me too much about what I can’t do in my life, which I am very grateful for. It makes me feel like I can do and achieve anything. I have been worried at times that I can’t do some things, like go back to university and start a new course. I faced my own fears with the help of my family and friends and attended anyway, and it’s going relatively well so far. I am currently studying IT at Federation University, whereas before I was studying Programming at RMIT. One time, when I was put into a group at university and was way out of my comfort zone, I asked for help from the worker at the Disability Liaison unit and she assisted me. When people are there to support me it gives me the push that I need to overcome any obstacle.
I like to think of Autism as my brain shuts down some areas in order to enhance others. Similar to electricity diverting power when necessary. This enables me to learn faster, and in more detail. I mostly see my Autism as a good thing and I enjoy my brain being wired a little bit differently to others.
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