Good Evening from Belfast, Northern Ireland!
Today has been a whirlwind exciting first day of my 2015 Europe trip. Yesterday I left Chicago, after spending an overnight with my brother in the Windy City and headed towards Dublin. After arriving in Dublin early this morning, I immediately got on a train for Belfast, to prepare for my first speaking event of the trip, which took place earlier this afternoon.
When I arrived in Belfast, I was greeted at the train station by the Branch Officer of the National Autism Society (NAS) North and West Belfast branch, Sarah Burrows.
After getting checked in to my hotel, I then reunited with Sarah at her offices in downtown Belfast for the event. The speaking time was fantastic and I received many questions about disability supports, disclosure and bullying, among many others. Many times, I suggested having a high school or guidance counselor help to work with the students as they transitioned into college life. This allowed the counselor to still provide feedback for the student, while remaining in the life of the student outside of the college environment.
Tomorrow, I will be connecting with Autism NI and speaking at the Northern Ireland parliament building, so I am looking forward to that.
I can barely keep my eyes opened as I’m typing, so I am going to end this blog entry for tonight.
Until next time…