August 9, 2016 | In: Why We Rock
Trevor Davis is an author and young adult with autism. We met Trevor through his sister, Natalie Davis, a Kansas City-based TV anchor who did a segment recently on the WRTS – Kansas City Grand Opening. We asked Trevor to share his story with our community. Below are his touching words and a glimpse into the life of a young man with Asperger’s.
I hate talking about my Autism; like, REALLY HATE IT! I don’t want to be different. All my life, I just wanted to be a normal kid like any other. But the fact is, I have Asperger’s Syndrome (which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder), and it’s part of who I am. Here are my weaknesses: I struggle with reading comprehension, social skills, and changes in routine. I have trouble making friends because I prefer to do activities alone. My best friends are my sister Natalie and my dog Max. When it comes to changes in routine, any new idea is a bad idea in my opinion. I need time to process any change that’s coming my way, and it takes time for me to adjust.
Having Asperger’s Syndrome has presented a lot of challenges, but I have overcome them throughout the years with my work ethic, positive attitude, and support from my family. With help from my family and tutors, I graduated from high school and got a 2-year college degree from St. Cloud State University. It took me a little longer to get it done than other students, but I graduated Summa Cum Laude. I became an Eagle Scout in 2009, after completing 23 badges and a community project at my church. I am also a published children’s book author. My passion for trains inspired my children’s book series, “The Adventures of Charley McChooChoo.” Most people might think someone with Asperger’s Syndrome couldn’t do all these things. I am proof that they are wrong! With family and community support, people with disabilities can accomplish anything. If you are a family member, never give up on your loved one with a disability. If you are a person with a disability, never give up on yourself.
Headshot courtesy of Dani Werner