Flitwood Sidharth Chandran

Letter from Sidharth Chandran

Hem Sidharth Chandran

With my autism, I find life in planet normal stressful. Noises often feel like an assault on my ears. If there was one thing I could say to people I would say please lower the decibel of the sounds. Some of the other things around me are difficult too. I see lines well. Pictures puzzle me. My two eyes don’t focus well together.

When everyone complains about my behaviour, I want to say ‘I would like to live a normal polite life too, have proper manners, I would like to be like everyone else, have the money to pursue interests, learn to do programming on a computer. I would love to write. I would like to own my own business’.

For people with disability like me, the perception that we are people of low worth is the number one problem.

Pending advances in research, my life can only change if others around me change. Because I can’t change. Policy change like the NDIS will make a lot of difference. We will have more services.

When I first started to type I needed direct support. Now I can handle it on my own almost.

Probably I have wanted more support when working with others than my mother. I may have to practice more. I do Maths using a keyboard or number board.

NDIS has given me the chance to build my skills so I can be independent. I will use the NDIS to train for more communication, better writing, for employment. In six months that I have participated in NDIS, my life has changed.

I feel happy at Flintwood. I like the peace and quiet. When the environment is peaceful, I feel better. I like my support worker and friends.

  • Lauren Edwards
    Posted at 06:24h, 24 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a personal story Sid. You have certainly opened my eyes and i hope that we can continue to assist you in a world that works for you. thank you, Lauren

  • Vish Ramasubramanian
    Posted at 06:28h, 28 June Reply

    Excellent Sid..
    I can understand your difficulty and I pray to God to change the persons around you to be more understanding, tolerable and polite.
    Good to hear NDIS is changing your life slowly but surely.
    Keep on posting and let your feelings out for the world to understand and appreciate you

  • Ramanathan Shankar l
    Posted at 06:53h, 28 June Reply

    Hi Sid, Thank you for coming forward and sharing your perspective, challenges and aspirations. Even if one person gets a better insight into what sort of a person you are, you have achieved in your goal of communicating your story.
    It’s great to hear that NDIS has made a difference to your life.
    Well done and best wishes. God bless.

  • Rajni Chandran
    Posted at 06:44h, 01 July Reply

    Thank you Flintwood ! This was great for Sid to see himself in print.
    Sid’s Mother

  • Ylana Bloom
    Posted at 22:51h, 04 July Reply

    Hi Sid, I am so glad for you that you now have the funding to follow your career path, your way!!! Your voice should be heard by many – you can now put into words what others cannot. I hope you continue to advocate for others with autism
    Take care

  • Natasha Sansoni
    Posted at 11:14h, 16 August Reply

    Wow Sid you have expressed this so beautifully. You have always been and will always be an Inspiration to me.

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