I am the aspie dad of 3 kids, 2 are almost adults with autism. I know what is like to be autistic. I am hyper functioning, hyper intuitive, do everything twice as fast as anyone I know. That is other than my athletic skills which are barely average. I have been bullied, treated differently was nick named rain man when I worked at Circuit City in the 1980′s the warehouse staff long before I figured out that I was Asperger’s. I was supposed to skip 3 grades in school but did not because I was considered not socially ready was told that I had an odd manner about me. I was once told that I had the personality of a door knob by a teacher in Middle School at Garside Junior High. I am lousy at eye contact and do not really get as to why people even care. I am ironically in corporate sales, and do an awesome job normally, but struggle to get jobs due to my different viewpoint on life, and lack of proper eye contact. I have really had no real close friends in 44 years besides my wife, who does not really get me either. I was spit on in 7th grade pe for being different by the first chair clarinetist who wound up being in the marine band. I was smart, motivatex and did well in school but others did not really know what to make of me. For that matter I did not really know what to make of them either. I have always been driven to make a difference and at one point considered being a military Jewish Chaplan, but the urge passed.
As an individual with high functioning Asperger syndrome, a kind of autism, and the father of three kids who are also on the spectrum for this disorder, I have always felt a need to make a difference for the people with autism. I dream of establishing a national organization like the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society to make living on the spectrum better for those with autism related disorders. Utilizing my knowledge and passion for technology with my personal experience and interest in autism, I launchedhttp://www.technewszone.com, on January 11, 2011. We are a state nonprofit seeking our 501c3. Our intent is to become a national Arts and Technology Foundation within the autism community.
Our mission if we ever get funded is:
1) We will give the gift of technology and musical instruments to autistic people and class rooms that need those items
2) We will give the gift of culture and entertainment and sports, by helping to provide free tickets to autistic people, their families and others that can not afford the tickets, more people need to enjoy their lives
3) We will give educational and vocational scholarships to those that need them preferably on the autism spectrum.
4) We will build awareness of autism and our desire to make a difference as much as possible so as to truly make a difference for autistic people, their families, friends, and educational facilities for autistic people.
A–>Arts and Musical Gifts to Individuals and Educational Institutions
C–>Care and Assistance for those with Autism
H–>Help those that need it, pay if forward for Autism.
Being an aspie it is logical and direct, but despite that we can not get any real help.
We reach out to shows like the Talk, the View, Ellen, local radio, tv, and others but never get help.
We then get sold a bill of goods over and over again. The ” we would love to help and will get back to you” line.
We truly want to make a difference, have an online campaign to do so, but no one does.
It seems like people talk about helping others, but few do.
I truly want to make a huge difference for autism, to give back, and improve the lives of people with autism. I am also planning on doing a documentary for autism, the arts and music and would most likely succeed if people would just believe in my efforts. It reminds me of movie my daughter watched when she was young, you are fading because people do not believe in you. That is what we needs faith in our intent, our mission, and desire to change the quality of life for autistic people, their families and friends.
Does anyone have my back, and want to help.
We need tens of thousands of people to know what we are trying to do, to follow us on twitter, to go to our website in tens of thousands to engage, use our portals to buy things, to see our fundraising and take part in it, not just sit there idly by. That time has passed, now is the time, the time to seize the day, and say, yes, I want to help the aspie dad of 3 to become a house hold name, to help his organization to change the world for people like him.
David J. Berkowitz