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A Day in the Life: Navigating autism into adulthood

A Day in the Life: Navigating autism into adulthood

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Video Summary

  • The video features Phil Martin, a 28-year-old adult on the autism spectrum, discussing his experiences navigating autism into adulthood.
  • Phil shares his struggles in school, including anxiety attacks and feeling overwhelmed, which led to him skipping school and riding trains instead.
  • He recounts a negative experience with a school psychologist who suggested he drop out and pursue a career as a train driver.
  • Phil eventually attended a special education school that provided a smaller, more structured environment that helped him focus on his studies.
  • He discusses his relationships, including a six-year relationship with someone who tried to understand and support him, but ultimately ended due to the difficulties of dating someone on the autism spectrum.
  • Phil shares his journey as a photographer, starting with iPhone photography and gaining recognition for his work, which led to opportunities and partnerships.
  • He discusses his fears and concerns about being a parent on the autism spectrum, particularly regarding sensory issues and being a great parent.
  • Phil concludes by expressing hope that his story will inspire others on the spectrum to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.


Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Dr. Kenneth Roberson is an Adult Autism Psychologist in San Francisco with over 30 years of experience. Click below to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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