What makes a happy and fulfilling life for a person with autism? What makes a life fulfilling and happy for a person without autism?
The theme of what it takes to make a happy and fulfilling life is not a new one. When my loyal reader asked what I think would make a happy life for my daughter Lily, I made a list of areas that I consider essential components of life to explore and examine.
- Basic needs
- Learning and growth
- Fun and recreation
- Family and Friends: Relationships
As I have written before in these pages, I am not satisfied with Lily’s adult program. I do not think it meets her needs in any of the above areas. My task, as I see it now, is to examine these areas and develop a program that does meet her needs. I have done similar exercises for my own life at times when I was unhappy or felt unfulfilled. The examination can be fun and very enlightening.
—The 14th Dalai Lama