This week I went to the ICI Conference. I had a nice time. I am glad I went even if I was scared of the crowds. Each day I learned to accept autism more. I learned I am not alone. On day 1 I met Naoki Higashida. He is learning from his mentors too about acceptance. I get his feelings tons each day. He decided to reach out to other nonverbals. I am going to try myself to reach out as well. If reaching out is my calling, I am hearing it loudly. I picture the meaning of life is learning to accept my autism in the world out there. I want to mean to really notice like-minded wretches (a reference to the movie Wretches and Jabberers in which the non-speaking Autistic typers refer to themselves as the Wretches) to help them communicate. I learned to meet others like me is important. I met Oliver and learned I am not the only one who has difficulty typing. I am daring to improve by next year. I am weary of beating up myself because of autism. I want to be free to be autistic and make a life understanding my very good purpose.
Meeting Oliver and brother Sam