This is the most common question I have been asked since setting up my own freelance specialist support service. At first I thought “Oh no! Maybe I should have called myself something else so people won’t be confused?”
But actually, that question has led me to have some great conversations with people. I have been able to tell them about Autism Spectrum CONDITION, (ASC) and why I have chosen to use this definition over the word ‘disorder’ or even ‘disability’. I was even blessed enough to then outline my service and my vision for supporting, training, advising and making resources for all kinds of organisations and individuals so that they can include and support someone on the autism spectrum in what they do.
So…here I am. Newbie business woman as from Jan 1st 2014! And here’s my logo!
I had to think of a name to work under and choosing one is not as easy as you think. However, I do go on the premise that simplicity is best (and the ‘Ronseal’ principle of it does what it says on the tin!) and chose REACHOUT ASC as my name. That’s what I want to do…reach out and help people understand ASC. And this will definitely include churches, so if you want training, help and support for your church do get in touch. There will be links, events and resources that I will post on my blog in the future so do look out for them.
Starting up on your own is a bit like stepping off a cliff and hoping someone might catch you…
As a person who has faith in Jesus Christ, I am expecting Him to catch me and take me where he leads. Now that is scary but gives me a real positive outlook on everything (including my car dying in the first week of business!) and tons of hope for the future. I know he will be there when things go wrong, work is slow to come in, I get lots of work and need wisdom to make decisions, say the right advice and support children and adults at very vulnerable and difficult times. I day this because all through my Christian life (and even before this – when I didn’t realise at the time) Jesus has been faithful. I have grown so much as a person through the most difficult times and will always trust him because he has proved so many times that he is who he says he is.
And for those of you who read A Bigger Vision wall http://wp.me/p2MVJu-a4 and Running away – God and Elijah http://wp.me/p2MVJu-bY posts thank you for your prayers, they have helped me take this leap and realise I wasn’t running away from but to something. I really appreciate strangers who care enough to pray. God Bless you.
Good News Group News
For those who want to know – Good News Group starts back up again this Wednesday (15th January). See main page for times and structure. https://includedbygrace.wordpress.com/the-good-news-group-2/
This term we are learning about Saul’s conversion and his life as Paul, preacher to the gentiles. We are learning how it wasn’t always easy, sometimes dangerous, often turned out very differently to what he expected and sometimes amazing.
Through all this Paul is a person we can look up to. He was humble, fiercely passionate about the gospel, always prayed for others and never gave up, no matter what happened.
I’m looking forward to learning about him too!