Autism Acceptance: A Story of James and his Journey

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects an individual’s communication, behaviour, and social interaction. It is a lifelong developmental condition that impacts people in various ways, and each neurodivergent person has unique experiences and challenges. In honour of Autism Acceptance Week 2023, we would like to introduce you to James, a person we support who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

James began receiving support from Carr Gomm in October 2016, after spending some time in hospital. During this transition period, James and his team started building a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. As a result, James has been able to build a beautiful home in Stirling where he feels safe, happy, and contented.

James was diagnosed with ASD during this time, and his team has been working with him to find positive ways to support him. From a young age, James had been boarding in different care homes, and he has faced many challenges that have left him with memories that can make him anxious. However, with the support of his team, James has been able to manage his anxieties better and build a happy and fulfilling life for himself.

Communication has been a challenge for James, but with the patience and understanding of his team, he has improved dramatically over the past three years. He is now able to express his thoughts and feelings better, and his team has learned to adapt to his communication style, giving him time to process his thoughts and express himself in his own way.

Music is a passion of James. He has a large selection of records that he plays each day on his record player. He also attends concerts and events regularly, with the Edinburgh Tattoo being a highlight of his year as it falls around his birthday in August. Through Carr Gomm’s Digital Inclusion Research Project James explored Youtube on his iPad. James enjoyed watching concerts and videos showcasing musical equipment. James has set up the Youtube app on his new TV and can now enjoy Youtube on the big screen.

Key Worker Vadim Zolotukhin says

“It’s very nice to see James spending so much time in the living room and he is always happy to have staff in there too. It’s an amazing progress compared to the last year when James preferred to spend more time in his room alone. So, it’s a good example of how James’ favourite digital equipment might contribute to such changes in his life.”

James’ journey has been one of triumph and resilience. He has faced many challenges in his life, but with the right support, he has been able to build a life of his own choosing.

At Carr Gomm, we understand that each neurodivergent person has unique experiences and challenges, and we work with them to find positive ways to support them in achieving their goals and aspirations. We are proud to support James and other individuals with ASD in their journey towards independence, happiness, and fulfillment.