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Q&A: What would a life free from poverty enable you to do?

May 8th, 2024

Aly Laube

For Everyone

In a recent survey, we asked autistic adults in BC to discuss their hopes and dreams and the impact that financial stability could have on their lives. Their responses were optimistic, revealing a profound longing for a life free from the constraints of poverty. Here’s what they had to say about the transformative power of financial security for autistic people in the community.

Julianna's headshot (Julianna Vittorio).
Julianna’s headshot (Julianna Vittorio).

Julianna (she/her, 35):

“A life free from poverty would enable me to optimize my overall health and wellbeing while continuing to give back and support others who may need more help. It would also enable me to achieve full independence.” 

Julianna’s vision focuses on the holistic nature of wellbeing. Her desire for independence sheds light on the fundamental human need for autonomy and agency.

Kenny's headshot (Kenny Hoang).
Kenny’s headshot (Kenny Hoang).

Kenny (he/him, 21):

“A life free from poverty would enable me to pursue my education further and not have to stress about finances.” 

Kenny’s hopes reflect the value of learning and the barriers poverty poses. His longing for educational advancement shows how knowledge is a gateway for opportunity that should be accessible to all.

Sylvain's headshot (Sylvain Formo).
Sylvain’s headshot (Sylvain Formo).

Sylvain (he/him, 28):

“A life free from poverty would enable me to be able to afford all the medical services I need and not have to choose what services I access or what medications I take. It would give me the ability to go out and be more social and active as well.” 

Sylvain’s perspective highlights the intersectionality of poverty and healthcare access, demonstrating some of the stark choices faced by many autistic adults. His longing for social connection points to the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and wellbeing.


Kelly's headshot (Kelly Moran).
Kelly’s headshot (Kelly Moran).

Kelly (she/her, 39):

“A life free from poverty would enable me to have access to support like sensory processing devices, executive functioning helpers, and medical providers such as therapists so I can thrive instead of just survive.” 

Kelly’s response is a testament to how support services enable people to survive and thrive. Her emphasis on sensory processing devices and therapy points to the diverse needs of the autistic community and impact of tailored support.

Jake's headshot (Jake Anthony).
Jake’s headshot (Jake Anthony).

Jake (he/him, 31):

“A life free from poverty would enable me to just enjoy my life and be free to do more fun stuff, like travelling to Ireland, where my mother was from, or visiting my family in Ontario. It would stop me from worrying about necessities and make me feel I’m equal to everybody else.” 

Jake’s dreams tell us how he longs to embrace the richness of life’s adventures, but can not due to financial restrictions. His longing to dive into his ancestry and forge connections with others signifies innate yearning for cultural and social inclusion. 

These answers demonstrate how lifting autistic adults out of poverty would empower them to live their best lives. They show the transformative benefit of financial security, especially for people with disabilities in BC, and the integrity of our interviewees, who truly just want to be as happy and healthy as they can be. With limited means comes limited success. 

At AutismBC, we are committed to advocating for greater support and resources for autistic people, recognizing their inherent dignity and right to thrive. If you resonate with these quotes and wish to share your own perspective, feel free to reach out using our Contact Us page.

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