- Episode 238-From Diagnosis to Advocacy: Exploring Autism Through the Lens of Public Speaking and Sports with Daniel Durany Sara Gullihur-Bradford aka SJ Childs 24:02
Ever wondered how an autism diagnosis at 25 could lead someone to become a public speaker, mentor, and sports referee? Get ready for an enlightening conversation with Daniel Durany, a leading voice in autism advocacy from Texas. Daniel's inspiring journey, driven by a late diagnosis, has led him to share his unique experiences and empower others on similar paths. Through his passion for sports, Daniel shares how his role as a referee has helped him build vital skills and personal growth, with his sights set on umpiring at Division I softball games.
We also delve into the pivotal transition to adulthood for individuals on the spectrum, highlighting the need for early intervention, tailored education, and better preparation for the job market. Explore with us as we unravel complex topics like insurance coverage for therapy, teaching financial skills, and job negotiation strategies. The conversation offers invaluable insights for parents, educators, and individuals with autism alike, and underscores the importance of community involvement. Tune in to hear Daniel's incredible stories and advice, and see how he's making a difference in changing perceptions and enhancing the lives of those on the spectrum.