My name is Khylil Robinson, I recently finished taking classes Community College of Philadelphia. I am really glad to have this opportunity to share my personal experiences towards other autistic individuals like myself. During my spare time, I like to improve my typing skills and play video games. I don’t think I am as good as I think myself to be, but I have accomplished a lot regarding my disability and I want to keep on moving forward in life and in school. I intend to fulfill my goal as a public speaker for autism and a math major in the future.View all posts
Autism Acceptance Month: Blogging with ASD
Blogging for ASDNext has been one of the most enjoyable forms of self-expression I’ve experienced. I have been extremely grateful to be on this journey of continuously blogging about my life and other creative topics. It’s a way to educate others, such as parents, autistics, and anyone else interested on the specific topics at hand! For this very blog however, I will be going over my personal experiences as a blogger and why I think it’s impactful for Autism Acceptance month.
Why do I love being an #ASDNext blogger?
I found my love for typing through gaming, but I have found my love for blogging through #ASDNext which allows me to type! I believe that the interactions and relatability with other bloggers has been one of the main factors of why I continue blogging. It’s more of a conversation that I want to convey out of my blogs to ensure that others get my messages from them. This has been my goal within my most recent blogs as well as trying to expand my creativity of what I write about. I started blogging with #ASDNext around September 2016 and I honestly had a list on what experiences and topics, such as “isolation” and “communication”, that I wanted to write about. I just focused on what gave a general idea of who I am. Since then, I wanted to write longer blogs to convey how I paint my life on a daily basis and even get creative with the way I organize some of my thoughts. Most importantly, the fact is that I just enjoy typing and being able to build upon that skill, and so far, it’s been quite the journey! All I can do is hope for more skills and experience as I continue to blog much more to get my point across to more audiences.
How do I describe myself?
If there was a word to describe myself, it would be “determined.” I feel as though I have been able to build up new creative skills through my determination and by means of changing the format of my work recently. Simply, I blog to improve my typing skills, but also to write about my love for typing. I also love video gaming and taking pictures. So, with those 3 skills, I try to use them within my blogging to show my determination as much as possible and even express how they’ve been major factors in my life. It’s pushed me to strive for better goals and even in some way be proud of who I am. If there’s one thing I want to promote through my blogs, it’s that people should be proud of who they are!
Why is hiring people with ASD important?
I think that there should be more people in the workforce with ASD because most of them, most of us, want to understand independence and be more involved on how to get around in our day-to-day lives. We also wish to be involved in how we are perceived in the world that we live in. In one of my more recent blogs, I made a statement “We live in a Puzzling World, with Infinite Possibilities.” I pointed out that there’s so much to learn in a setting where some people might need more time to understand how to truly grow and see the life around them. In this case, whether it’s finding a residence to live in, getting a job, or even learning how to partake in the smallest of responsibilities, we want to be involved the next steps of our lives because they’re all interesting and important.
What’s a secret hobby or talent of mine?
Above, I mentioned that I love gaming, typing, and photography but I have ANOTHER talent that I want to explain and use in my future blogs. This other hobby is digital art. I think in some way, shape, and/or form it’s also been a good way to point out how much detail I want in ANY of my work and that I’m determined. I once drew a picture of Superman next to the Justice League’s Watchtower base while flying above the Earth. I had a couple of negative thoughts when I made this one, but I feel as though it was one of the moments that brought out my creativity! So, because of that, I want to talk about and share some of my artwork in my future blogs!
What is something I wish more people knew about me? (Forgotten qualities)
If there is one thing, I wish more folks knew about me, it’s that I can get into really detailed discussions about topics I know and like! I think this mostly applies when I mention things about classic video gaming and now animation. I did a blog once on the perspective of how I enjoy video game music (VGMs) and called it “Music to My Ears.” This was one instance where I got really into the details of the entire Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle soundtracks. I often try to go in as much depth as possible for each of the songs that I listen to and explain why they were given the name that they had. I have found it as a strength of mine when I discuss more complex topics like autism, gaming, and even other random topics as long as I can fully focus on the conversation at hand.
If I could pick any superpower, what would it be and why?
If there was any superpower that I could choose, it would be the ability of flight. I would find this the most interesting, because I have always wanted to travel with ease. Even when I do camerawork presentations, I usually pin the camera to point down at me. The next ability I’d choose would fall in line with teleportation and/or time travel. There were lots of places that I enjoyed in the past and I want to revisit some of those happy moments again. If I could, I’d also see how much I would like to change in other moments and wish for better outcomes.
In conclusion, I really do think that more autistics should be able to express their own points of view, regardless of levels of independence. I can’t imagine a better world than one where we truly see that we’re all succeeding and pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves! So, going back to the interest of how much time that you take to understand the world, just remember: “we live in a puzzling world, with infinite possibilities!”