Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Courageous Boy Shares What Life is Like With Asperger’s
Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman
Eleven-year-old author of the honest narrative called Invisible Me which explores the challenges of being different as well as how to live life to the fullest.
Tyler said he feels his biggest achievement to date is he now has the courage to stand up and say “this is me.” He no longer feels the need to have to blend in which he found exhausting and time-consuming. “I now have more confidence and new-found independence, accepting it’s ok to be different,” he added.
Tyler said he is proud of the book he wrote called Invisible Me. “I thoroughly enjoyed writing it, and it started to heal me as the words, came out of my head and onto the page,” he said.
“After eighteen months, I have returned to an educational setting, I am enjoying my new school, and it understands me. There were times when I never thought I would return to a school, so I am proud and grateful that I have returned to my new school,” Tyler said.
Tyler credits his family as his inspiration. “They love and accept me no matter what, and they always have. My mum is my inspiration as she is so full of love, she is always by our side with a massive smile on her face. All she wants is for my brother and myself to grow to accept who we are and have independence; she always tells us you can achieve whatever you want to, you just have to believe and try hard to reach your goals,” he said. “My brother inspires me to think about how I communicate – he has selective mutism and communication is hard for him. But he is so strong, and he never gives up. I am very proud of him,” he added.
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Tyler said his main goal is that no other child will feel as alone and as isolated as he did. “I hope my book helps the ‘invisible children’ to feel ‘visible;’ this is extremely important to me. If one child knows there are other children who think differently and don’t always fit it to the ‘expected’ role. I would hope the book shows other children it’s okay to be you.”
Tyler said the goal he is working toward (and the reason he studies so hard at school) is to have the honor of working at Nintendo when he reaches employment age after university.
Advice for families affected by autism:
“Yes, it’s okay to be you. Your home may be different from that of friend’s homes, you may sometimes feel isolated and alone, but you aren’t. It’s a different life we lead, but it is just as enriching and fulfilling. Some days are bad and going out anywhere can be extremely difficult, people do tend to stare and make their two-second assumptions, but there are good days too, celebrate the small wins and embrace the love of the friends and family around you, who understand.”
This article was featured in Issue 86 – Working Toward a Healthy Life with ASD