As part of the Students’ Union campaign to support Autism Awareness Month, we spoke to Joe who is currently studying Media at Bath College and wanted to share his experience of autism with fellow students.
Hello my name is Joe I am 18 years old and I study Media Level 2 and I have autism.
What interests/hobbies do you have?
I love watching anime, my favourite one is My Hero Academia. I love spending time with my family and talking to my friends and I love music.
When were you diagnosed with autism? Has it made a difference to your life?
I was 4 years old when I was diagnosed with autism and to be honest I was too young to understand what it meant until I was old enough to understand at first people used to bully me because of my needs and now I’m trying to get people to accept me for who I am.
What’s the best thing about having autism?
The best bit about autism is honestly the smartness that you get and when you work hard (but not too hard) then the brain grows and grows with new information.
What do you find challenging about having autism?
The challenge of it was the bullying and the hate I had because of my autism and also when people joke about things and I take them way too seriously.
What advice would you give others with autism about college life?
My tip to everyone who is reading this and who has autism is be more confident when you meet new people because the friends you make will make a huge positive impact in your life and trust me I have been there.
Who is your role model and why?
I have two role models:
Post Malone: because his music made a huge impact in my life and made me think the positive not the negatives and that’s how I got to love music even more than when I was younger
Izuku Midoriya: he is my favourite character from My Hero Academia because no matter how hard your life gets you gotta keep pushing your confidence and positivity and then it all pays off.
What are you planning to do next year?
I am thinking of doing music Level 2 next year.
What’s your favourite quote?
Peace, Love and positivity regardless of Race, Religion, Colour, Creed and Sexual Orientation. Logic (2017)
Thanks to Joe for taking the time to share his Q&A with us.