Tim Chan explains how he turned his own impediments into opportunities. At the age of three, he was diagnosed with severe autistic disorder and now, speaking in public for the first time, he tells of how he had to learn to communicate, with his mother's help, using an electronic voice-output machine. Tim recalls being a student with high needs who went through inclusive education, such as home programs and early intervention.
As a recent high school graduate, he hopes to keep advocating for those without a voice. He's had an article about his experiences published on ABC's RampUp—an online destination for discussion and debate about disability. He has done interviews on facilitated communication with The Age, 3CR Monday Breakfast and 7.30 Report.