Simba has always struggled with accepting his autism, blaming it for many of the difficulties in his life.
When he applied to be head boy, one of the things he wrote was that he wanted to show that children with autism or had bad starts could achieve.
Tonight at parents evening the head of college told me about something that happened at a recent school open day where Simba was showing parents round. A parent challenged the head about what the school could do for her son who had autism. Before she could answer Simba stepped in and said I'm autistic, look what I've achieved.
I'm so proud of him, that he can own it and not be ashamed anymore
Mum to the 'hansom' Simba, age 19 and 40 now retired teddy bears and FC to Special K, age 12
Having just been shown round several secondary schools I am impressed that A) he was chosen to show parents round, the teachers must rate him highly as I was super impressed with the children that showed me round, B) that he carried out that task which seemed to me highly responsible and in need of good social skills, C) He had the intelligence, wit and confidence to speak up and out! I am blown away really. When I trailed round with a group of parents, some of whom had the social skills of a wet lettuce, the children doing the showing were total stars. I can only hope my two are as confident as your very accomplished son... Well done...both.
Mum to DD Lapwing (13) & DS Peewit (12) Married to Mr Mudlark