The city is changing rapidly with new buildings and beautifying projects, but is still years from being completely restored. It will, eventually, be a stunning city with beautiful sunny buildings in a park-like setting, a truly 21st Century city.
Aspiehelp is becoming much better known and sought out for the help we can offer. Some people need quite complex plans to be carried out and others just need "course corrections".
We are finding quite a few families unhappy with the schooling their child or children are receiving and we recommend Ao Tawhiti/Unlimited High School and Discovery for primary school age. All the young folk we have referred to Ao Tawhiti have flourished in that environment where before they were miserable. Every city should have such schools!
Aspiehelp is asked for a very wide range of help- education, employment, housing, relationships, social skills strategies etc. We learn something new every day and this incremental knowledge benefits all our clients. It is a very privileged position to be in, sharing the journey of discovery into AS. It is also exciting, to see people come in looking nervous and apprehensive and leave smiling! We are not a laugh a minute although we do often find our unique aspie wit is recognised by our new clients and appreciated. Sometimes we can be quite challenging by the fact that we also have the traits of Asperger Syndrome (blunt speech is one of the more obvious features). What is often remarked on is that we see and say things so differently from neurotypicals that, at last, our aspies feel they have "found their tribe". That is what we then build upon.
It's not easy being aspie in New Zealand, but we are actually more advanced in general knowledge and understanding than many other countries. We need to build confidence in our tribe so that critical mass is reached to more thoroughly influence education, employment and government policy. Then more of us can take our place as valued members of society with meaningful work and fulfilling lives!