Adam Farris was my student years ago when I taught at St Catherine’s Montessori in Houston he continues to inspire me with his positivity and perseverance. He has started a small business called Younique Abilities that supports people with unique abilities. I’d love it if you could check them out and give some support. Here’s some more info:
Hello, my name is Adam. I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 1994 at the age of six. Later, in July of 2012, I was diagnosed with a form of autism called pervasive developmental disorder. As a child, I didn’t understand Tourette’s syndrome and would ask myself, “What is that?” My conditions were confusing and frustrating, but they were also illuminating and life-shaping. I share my story in the hopes that people with so-called disabilities will read it and realize that they, too, can achieve great things.
My father brought me up to advocate for myself
He took me to public places like the movie theaters, and out to dinner or lunch at restaurants. I would have tics, involuntary sounds and movements that I can’t control, which are the most noticeable symptom of Tourette’s syndrome. In the past, my tics took the form of loud hooting and shouting noises. It kind of hurt to go into a restaurant or any quiet place and have an outbreak of tics and know that people were staring at me. They made comments. But, when that happened, my father taught me to talk to them about Tourette’s syndrome and help them understand that I am just like anyone one else with the ability to do anything anybody else can. That is what made me into the man I am today.
I go to the HUB Houston where I have gained confidence in myself. When I was in woodworking class, I asked my teacher if I could get on a saw. He said I could try it out. So I got on a saw that made very precise lines, and my hands stopped shaking all together from my Tourette Syndrome. I realized then that if I could do this, I could do anything.
Because of my autism, I basically had no friends
and was getting kicked out of places left and right. My social skills were so bad that I could not keep a job. I couldn’t stay in a restaurant or a business without being barred. When I was diagnosed with autism in 2012, I had the chance to move to North Carolina and went to a transitional living program. There, I learned to have much better social skills and worked on my life skills. I am still trying to learn to be independent and one day that will happen.
Maybe None of Us Are Really ‘Disabled’
Look at me now. See how far I have come from 2012 to 2019. Some people might say that’s a long time; I say that’s just a short time. Now I do have friends, I do have a job, and I can stay in a business or restaurant as long as I want to. I have maintained a job at Walmart for 4 years . I thank my family and friends for all that they do for me.
I am also the Founder & President of Younique Abilities, a Small business that sells awareness products—about 90-95% of which is handmade and had made by individuals with a unique ability. At the end of each year, we donate part of our sales to a local, deserving nonprofit organization.
Adam Farris Inspirational Speaker & Advocate, the inspiration you need for your event. Adam finds it important to advocate for individuals of all backgrounds. Adam Farris Inspirational Speaker & advocate is an advocate to anyone who needs him. Adam Farris believes that You Can Do Whatever You Put Your Mind To You Just Have To Believe In Yourself And Reach Your Maximum Potential and shoot for the stars. Adam has a form of Autism and Tourette syndrome, That has not stopped him from over coming the impossible, to become the possible.
“Hi My name is Adam Farris, I am 31 years old, and I don’t think of myself as disabled because I have been able to accomplish so much. Maybe none of us are really “disabled,” maybe we are all just different people with unique abilities. The world needs to understand that all of us are alike