Kevin Arce - My life is but one part of the story of the world. . .
I was born in Puerto Rico, yet I have very few memories of the time, but I do know that Puerto Rico is where my story started. My journey to a successful and prosperous life however found its direction in America.
I always dreamed of being successful, yet I never knew what I would do with my life. Before I made it to adulthood I had to endure Middle School and High School. Middle School was where my true trials would begin. I was always bullied, constantly made fun of and threatened. It was traumatic to endure and there was a point where I questioned my existence. I thought I would amount to nothing, but then I moved to New Britain and was finally at peace. I found people who accepted me for who I am. There would still be many trials and tribulations, but I would triumph over them with the help of friends and family.
The way I achieved my career as a Self-Advocate Coordinator with Department of Developmental Services is by using my skill and being persistent. A Self-Advocate Coordinator helps spread the word and concept of self- advocacy. Self-advocacy is the practice of speaking up, and speaking out against topics that are unjust, or that violate your rights as a human being. I worked hard to not just self-advocate, but to help and defend other peoples’ rights. Most of all I never gave up on myself. There were times when I would lose hope and times when I almost gave up. Yet I didn’t give up and with the help of my loved ones, I succeeded in achieving this job. If I, someone with autism, can become a self-advocate for others, then who can’t make it?