Mitchell is pictured here at the CLCC Greenhouse in Vernon, CT with his dad, Al. They come to the greenhouse every Monday morning to get the week off to a great start harvesting and seeding new trays of micro greens!
A VIEW FROM SOMEONE WITH AUTISM
My name is Mitchell. I am 22 years old and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, the highest functioning form of Autism, at the age of 8. After the age of 21, my school system did not really offer any services. I had a lot of transition programs, but none of them were really a good fit for me. I also did not qualify for any state programs, which has left me nowhere to turn.
I feel like all my life, my world has been very difficult and now scary at times to navigate. There are some days where I don’t even feel comfortable in my own skin. Every day is a challenge for me and I hope I can one day get on the right path and resolve my issues. I know I won’t be perfect and that there will still be bumps in the road, but I hope that I can one day turn out to be the young man I was always meant to be.
I hope that with programs like CLCC, I can find others who are going through the same thing I am going through, and I can look forward to living and working in a supporting environment so I can look forward to a positive future. We all have potential. I just need to learn to grasp mine and gain self-confidence. I hope this may help someone that is struggling with high functioning Autism and feels like there may be hope to one day have a caring community to support them