David wanted to share his wonderful and inspiring story about his learning disability.

David also shares some inspirational and heartwarming advice to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

This is David’s amazing journey in his own words…

“I was diagnosed at the age of five with Asperger syndrome, and then when I was seven they further diagnosed ADHD.

“Growing up was difficult, making friends was hard. I remember when one of the health visitors came to see my parents they said that I would never amount to anything.

“Well, now I can sing, act and play the piano!

“My younger brother is also severely autistic, so it was difficult growing up together. I would try and give him a hug, but he could never understand why I would want to hug him.

“Teenage years were also quite hard, but I moved out of my parent’s home and into supported living in 2009. Then, in 2014, I met my now wife, Esme. We met at a friend’s and dancing group in Falmouth. Our friendship was very strong straight away and so in 2017, we got married. My wife has Down Syndrome so we’re a mixed marriage!

“Another big challenge for me was when my mum passed away two years ago. My Aspergers made it even harder to deal with. My doctor then put me in touch with my social prescriber who helped me a lot.

“Now I’m in a choir which I really enjoy. Me and my wife both do amateur dramatics and we also go dancing together a few times a week.

“My advice to anyone with Asperger’s or Autism is to remember you’re very loved, and you can do anything you put your heart and mind to. You can feel like you’re the only one in your situation but you’re not, there are so many others. Persevere and everything will happen the way it’s meant to happen.

“You can do it I promise!”

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