Hi, my name is Anthony. I was 5 years old when I was told I had autism. I was never exactly like the other kids. When I got sick, my parents were worried. It was a hard trip, but I learned a lot about myself and the world. Autism has helped me find out what I’m good at, what I’m passionate about, and where I fit in the world. Today, I am an advocate and a lawyer who is very interested in neurodiversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities. I use that passion to make the world a better place for people with disabilities by making it more accessible and open to them. My personal and professional experiences give me unique insights and points of view that I can use in many different jobs and settings. I’ve always had a strong sense of fairness because I have autism, and I love to read, write, and help people. I’ve been all over the world to fight for more rights and inclusion for people with disabilities. I love to see the world and learn about different ways of life. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would love to go to Africa because I want to see all the animals in the Serengeti Plains.
After I got my law degree, I started working at a law firm where I was the only lawyer with autism. Every day brought a new challenge, which I loved. I worked with other lawyers who were great role models and taught me how to do well in my job. Now I have my own law firm, and I’m the only autistic lawyer there. I think it’s important to have people who know what it’s like to be disabled in the office. People with autism are often misunderstood, so it’s important to show people who can talk about their experiences in a way that others can really understand. I love my job! Even though it’s not always easy, I know I’m making a difference in the world and giving the autism community a voice.