It’s been three years since I originally thought of the idea for mylifeautistic. I thought that uniting the community meant that together we could help protect future generations. That we can use our struggles to create paths that are more tailored to autistic people.
I went from fighting to find my place in the world, to feeling I’m exactly where I am meant to be. From constantly struggling to express myself, to being a spokesperson for the community. I am so incredibly proud to be here, there are no other words. Jeni and I, we definitely didn’t choose an easy path, but we choose to create a New Life Autistic for the global autistic community, because we do want to change the world. To ensure that our community always has a place in the world that they feel supported and seen. A home for our extended autistic family.
One of the biggest challenges for me was fundraising, and I must admit I have been putting it off for months. The reason why I am creating this fundraiser now is that we have opportunities that we would love to move forward with. It does mean that we need to ask for help. This is something that is so hard for me, not because I don’t want to ask for assistance, but because it wasn’t possible for so long due to scripting for so long.
I have set the goal at £3000, this is because we are looking at getting all the equipment we need in one go. I want to try and manage the pain so that I can do more throughout the year. The biggest consideration when it comes to pain management for me, is seating. Unfortunately the chair I have in not particularly comfortable. I also don’t have a desk or chair for doing videos and podcasts, that’s been limiting at times. Especially on the bad days when I’m lying down more to settle the pain.
With funding we have the opportunity to register mylifeautistic as a charity in Wisconsin. We can also get chairs and other equipment required to set up an area that I can record videos from.
This has become more of a priority recently as we want to move forward on creating a series of webisodes for the mylifeautistic YouTube channel. To do that we need to be able to record remotely and cover travel costs for our crew for filming. I hoped that we could self fund mylifeautistic, and I still hope we can. It would just mean that we can move forward now. Get mylifeautistic registered and focus more on future content. It will also help me cope with the pain better as I’ll have chairs that are a lot more supportive, and have a more adaptive set up.
It would mean the world if we can do this. I don’t want to say more about the show we are trying to create just yet. Mainly because it is dependent on getting the funding to get both Jeni and I set up before we can go ahead. However, I can say I am seriously excited about doing it. Being a host is slightly intimidating, but it’s really cool too and something that links into my special interests.
If we meet our funding goal, we will put out updates and can go into the details more at that stage.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Please do share (as knowing where to share on social media is something that I struggle with), as we don’t want to go against self promotion rules in groups. That will help just as much as making a donation.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern
Words – Ross A Fraser
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