From my first speech in 2012, I quickly became enthusiastic about spreading awareness. At the end of my speech, the event planner asked if I would mind answering questions from the small audience. I was surprised at the number of questions, but I was encouraged by their curiosity and desire to know more about ASD. I knew, then, I had an opportunity to help people. There were many people there who had a friend or family member with ASD, and were eager for answers. It was then that I realized that there was a need for an autistic person to provide first-hand experience and knowledge, and to speak up for those who have trouble advocating for themselves.
I am so grateful for these opportunities and consider them to be an important step in achieving my ultimate goal. I want to be a national – maybe even an international – motivational speaker to help bring better understanding to ASD.
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Why Choose Will?
I have a passion to encourage people. I have been asked to speak for several different groups and organizations locally. I gladly accept any invitation to speak whenever and wherever I can. If seeing is believing, I want to be an example that anyone can achieve their goals with effort and dedication. I will always have autism, but I have had a great support group. My doctors, teachers, family and friends have been instrumental throughout my life. They are the reason I have achieved the goals I have set for myself. They are the reason for my success.
Past Speaking Engagements
June 1, I spoke to my hometown Rotary Club, with about 200 people in attendance. It was my first presentation using PowerPoint as a visual aid.
I was honored to have been asked, and to be given the opportunity to share my journey to so many great men and women who were genuinely interested in what I had to say. It was inspirational for me and it gives me some validation that I am working towards a worthy cause.
Thank you to Gainesville Kiwanis Club for giving me the chance to speak on April 1, 2014. This encouraging group of business men and women welcomed me and helped me realize that with hard work and determination anyone can achieve their goals. I made wonderful friends at that meeting, and many of them continue to support me in my endeavors.