30 August, 2021
I am a person with non-speaking autism. I like to keep on writing. I notice many people like me do blogs. I think each one of us has something to contribute to the world's understanding of autism. Daresay we find something useful to do in spite of the lockdown.
Being locked down for me is strangely eerie. As a person with autism, I have struggled for a lifetime with being locked down. My lockdown is internal - my body does not obey my brain. When I want to do anything, even something as simple as getting up from a chair, my companion, usually my mother, has to prompt me many times.
Being locked down internally and externally compounds my difficulties.
It's nice to be able to write again. I am swearing I need to keep a positive outlook. But being locked down makes it hard. I am fearing my sister and brother in the US are in dire straits. I need them to be safe.
Intending to lead a productive life, we (my parents and I) moved back here to Sri Lanka. We established E.A.S.E. Foundation. My vision of productive stimulating lives for people with disabilities became my foundation’s mission. We started a center where children with disabilities, especially autism, came for a plethora of services, all delivered free of charge. Now, because of the pandemic, my productive life is at a standstill. My center where we were teaching others like me is closed. My useful life is on hold.