So yesterday my boss & mentor thought I should attend my 1st ever press conference.

As we talked on the walk over to the @IWKHealthCentre I told her about when I was 14 I ran away from home. When I was brought back by the Police, my parents took me to the IWK.

Our family was +
In total crisis.

We spent the day at the @IWKHealthCentre. I remember it being a lot of waiting. Answering a lot of questions.

While there I told the person who was doing the intake that I was a danger to myself & my family.

My mother cried a lot.

We were sent away and
only because my mom had a good job and insurance we were able to seek help privately.

I've hated the IWK my entire life. It's a bad memory. So going there the same week I turned 50 was a bit of a reclamation for me.

The @nsgov was making an announcement of a pilot project
they were rolling out.

$800,0000 for Brief Intensive Outreach Service (BIOS)

They'll hire 8 autism specialists to support children & families. They'll meet them in their communities to help cope with serious behavioural issues.

Talk about a full circle moment. I sat in that +
Building, 36 years after being turned away - as an #actuallyautistic #disabilityrights activist who is a magazine editor.

"we can't help her"

36 years later I'm being interviewed about how a pilot project now could have helped me then.

It's particularly poignant that this +
has happened the same week I turned 50. It felt like a gift from the universe.

When Cynthia got up to speak on behalf of @autismns, she shared my story.

Now I was part of the press conference instead of just an observer. What a moment.

Over the next hour I was interviewed +
by a few news outlets and had several conversations with the people in the room.

One of the most impactful was with the new director of the IWK.

She told me that she was sorry that happened to me and my family.

I got an apology. She had nothing to do with it back then +
but that apology yesterday was a type of medicine as powerful as any in that building.

It's quite something to stand in front of media and tell some of the most painful parts of your past. You feel very exposed.

But I also feel like this is another step in me taking my +
#actuallyautistic life back.

Here's one of the articles. This one from @thestarhalifax

I can't believe this all happened. But I guess it really did. I've got a lot of processing to do. Yesterday was a big day.

thestar.com/halifax/2019/0…

#autistic #autism
Here I am being interviewed and appearing on @globalhalifax

I never could have forsaw that I'd return to the @IWKHealthCentre 36 years after being told they couldn't help me to do this interview

#actuallyautistic #nspoli #autism #autistic #NovaScotia

globalnews.ca/news/5060798/n…
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