At the age of four, I was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told my mother. “In all probability your son will be institutionalised.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, my mother set out to give her son the best life possible.
Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many around him, I emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, give speeches on his condition, and secure my dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace via The Houses of Parliament, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, and strange smells – my life is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds!