Hello World

My name is Austin. I am a non-verbal autistic male and my ability to communicate is entirely limited to typing my thoughts. My dad has given me space on his website to write a blog and I’m very excited to do it because now I can express myself to the world and hopefully make a difference in somebody’s day. Let me start by telling about my history. My life had a rough beginning. I was born into a family that had lots of problems. My parents each had addiction issues and couldn’t take very good care of me. I eventually was taken from their home and placed in foster care. My foster mom was sweet and gave me a lot of love but I had a lot of needs that were too much for her to handle. So, when the Jepsons offered to adopt me, Lisa (my foster mom) knew that it would be best to let me go. My new family was loving also but my new mom and dad pushed me to get better. But, I resisted at first because I am pretty set in my ways and it is not easy for me to make changes. Autism makes things very difficult most of the time for me. I am intelligent but also very stubborn. So, that makes it more of a challenge when it comes to progressing forward. We all have challenges to overcome. Mine is a tough one but I am going to always keep trying. My goal in life is to become an autism professor and help people to understand more about people with autism. I think that even though we are considered disabled, we have a lot to contribute. I am so happy to be able to write my thoughts and look forward to hearing your questions and comments. Be kind to others and be grateful to God for the blessings in your life.

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Austin Jepson

I am a non-verbal boy with autism. I was adopted by the Jepsons at age seven. Prior to that, I lived in foster care for 2 years. My original family could not take very proper care of me and I was taken from their home. My memories of them are still alive, though, and I love them, even though they had problems. My life now is better. My mom and dad love me and so do my brothers. I am lucky for that. As I am planning on going to college some day, writing in this blog is great practice. I hope you like it. Maybe you will learn something about autism. I hope so.

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    Mrs. Honkanen says

    Hi Austin, I am so honored that I am your teacher this year. I am so happy with the progress you made with typing on the iPad. I totally agree, you are a smart boy. I also see that you can be very stubborn. Please write back if there is anything you want me to do differently. I’m looking forward to reading your blogs.

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      Austin Jepson says

      Hi Mrs. Honkanen,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I’m glad that you can see my potential. I am lucky to have such a good teacher who cares about her students and is committed to helping us succeed. The biggest thing you could do differently is to let me type more at school so that I can show you what I know. Would you like me to tell you where I want to type more? In history. I really like history and I would like to show you the things that I am learning. Austin

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    ariel clark says

    Hi Austin, this is ariel clark. you may not remember me. i’m your moms sisters daughter. miss you lots, you inspire me greatly!

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      Austin Jepson says

      Hi Ariel, I am happy to see you are reading my blog. I do remember you although a lot of time has passed. I hope you are well and that everyone in the family is happy. Have a great day and keep reading!

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