As many of you know, over the last few months I’ve been sharing my families very personal journey about living with autism. Having lived this life for almost 19 years, my sole aim was to raise awareness and acceptance of autism in the Asian community.
When I began this campaign, I didn’t know how it would be received by our community. I am not going to lie, in the beginning I was petrified. I was about to open up my whole life to the outside world.
Would I be judged? Would I be criticised? Was this the right thing to do for my family?
As I began to write and share my experiences, my goal became clearer and my fears vanished. Autism is a subject that is locked away like a dirty secret in our community.
I knew then that the reason I started this campaign was to banish these myths from people’s minds.
My, what can I say? It has been an amazing few months. I could never have imagined the phenomenal response that I have received. I have been humbled by the level of support you’ve all showed to this cause and by your compassion. I have been mesmerised and also got very emotional by the personal letters of thanks I have received from parents suffering this journey alone. “At long last there is a forum, where someone can truly understand what we go through on a daily basis”.
Although I have been supported by numerous individuals and charities, there appears to be some confusion at the moment, that I may be in partnership with other charities.
Just to clarify the situation, I would like to stress that I am not a part of any organisation or working in partnership with any charity at present.
My ultimate aim is to start a foundation for autism within the Asian community. I am currently working on getting this set up. Through my own personal experience, I realised that there was limited support available within our own community. My aim is to have a support network of parents & professionals to support children with autism and their families.
Only by helping others can we truly make a difference to society and help educate others about autism.
Anyone who may need support and want to help make a difference can contact me direct on the following email.
Once again I thank you all for your support especially the Sikh Entrepreneur, Leicestershire Sikh Alliance, GTB Leicester, Lesta Punjabi, Leicester Sikhs, Respect Fitness, Kaurageous Leicester, Kaurs Corner, Desiblitz, Sikh Channel, The Asian Today Newspaper, Sen magazine, BBC Asian Network, and many other organisations and individuals who have fully supported this cause. I look forward to working with many of you over the coming months.