Jake shares his experience of autism for Autism Awareness Month
Last month was Autism Awareness Month and Jake in 11KF, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, decided to mark the month by doing his own bit to raise awareness. Jake wrote a series of poems to share his experiences of living and coping with autism in his day-to-day life.
Only one person in 100 have autism, and Jake understands it is difficult for others to appreciate how it feels to be autistic. How the mundane and ordinary things that happen in everyday life can cause stress and sensory overload to people who have autism.
Jake was delighted that his poems were picked up by Autism Initiatives, a charity who provide a range of services to people with autism. Autism Initiatives are planning to publish the poems on their website. We will be sure to share the link in our weekly update.
Jake is hoping that his poems will help those around him at school and in his personal life to understand how he and others with autism feel and cope with life. The approaching GCSE exams are a particularly stressful time for Jake and he hopes that by reading the poems, others in the same situation may benefit from his words.
Jake loves poetry and Roger McGough and John Cooper Clarke inspire him. He wrote every day throughout April and really enjoyed the writing as an outlet for his feelings and thoughts.
Jake is outgoing and does not let his autism hold him back. As well as his poetry, Jake recently went to New York as part of our media residential trip. He also plays on a local football team and is a member of a drama group in Howley.
We are very proud of Jake and his achievements. He is a fantastic, positive and friendly member of our school community and it is great that he is so committed in raising awareness for autism and sharing his experiences so that others can benefit.