After last week’s podcast piece with Lisbon-based entrepreneur Daniel Lind, we return to the UK and our usual ‘Folks for a World that Works’ Q&A format with founder of Positively Autistic, Tracy Roberts.
“Our mission at Positively Autistic is simple,” says Tracy. “To educate and create positive autism awareness.”
Adopted as a child, she also has a huge interest in genealogy and people’s searches for their birth families. “I have done searches for my self and other people. So I can advise on Autism and all things related to adoption, and give talks about a variety of subjects in both categories,” she adds.
OurNet: Thank you for taking part in the #ffawtw interview Tracy, what’s your big passion?
Tracy: I’m 51 years old and a mother to the most generous incredible young lady you could ever wish to meet. Nicola has Asperger’s and is my total inspiration in everything I do.
I work as an Autism specialist teaching assistant, a job that drives me and makes me very happy.
I am also founder of the online support network called Positively Autistic.
OurNet: What would a ‘world that works’ look like to you?
Tracy: A world that works for me has several key ingredients. We need to be positive and full of hope. We need to embrace everyone and look and the things that people can do and not worry or stress over the things that they can’t. After all, we all can’t be good at everything.
We need to seek out and encourage the most amazing things in people that are often hidden in a world that tells us “no, you can’t” or “you’ll never be able to”. We need to teach that anything is possible. It’s OK if things don’t work out. You can adapt, try again and keep moving forward.
OurNet: What is stopping us from creating a ‘beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible’?
Tracy: People that think they are bigger than the world. Lack of understanding that we are all unique but equal at the same time. The world is for everyone, not just the few that think they own it.
Positively Autistic is a 33,000+ peer-to-peer support network, and can be found on Facebook
Tracy Roberts can be found on LinkedIn
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