When Anna Lockwood, attended a recent internal conference at Wirral Autistic Society, she decided to share a short poem by Katie Lees, one of the clients who attend the Society’s Prices’ Club, about telling their ‘own story’.
During the presentation, with guest speaker Dr Wendy Lawson (an international writer/speaker who has autism), over 100 attendees were treated to a slide show, created by Katie which illustrated her poem with photographs of her activities at Prices’ Club.
Anna Lockwood said “The conference was great today, Katie was over the moon when I told her that her poem was read out to everyone at the conference and her obvious pride was visable.”
Here is Katie’s poem in full:
AUTISM I AM LEGEND
Prices makes me feel like happy and I am saying to autism so what!
I can stand up and say ‘I can do this’.
Coming to prices is like a therapy for me.
For that day I feel like I haven’t got autism for that day or week.
I can express my emotions through drama and acting.
Just being with family and friends here makes me forget about my autism and special needs for that day, weeks and months.
Coming to this group makes me think of a preacher that can heal people.
I feel care free of autism.
I can achieve anything with or without my autism. I will always have my memories and nobody can take them away from me.
I AM A LEGEND
NO ONE WILL TELL YOU ANYTHING DIFFERENT.