Backstage with Life After Death Autism Forum Panellist, Cheow Yi Jian
Life After Death Autism Forum (LAD) is the first autistic-led autism event in Singapore. The forum will cover topics that are pertinent to the well-being of the autistic person after the demise of the caregivers.
Cheow Yi Jian, a young adult with autism, is one of the panellists who will be sharing his views at LAD. We decided to get to know him a little more before we meet him at the forum on 28 September!
Hi Yi Jian, tell us a bit about your adult life.
Right now, I am studying in SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) and will graduate next year. I aim to join the transportation industry soon, given my keen interest in transportation. I already have a traffic engineering internship and a course on transportation policy under my belt.
I am also involved in volunteer work in both Youth Corps Singapore and YMCA.
What is one quote that has made an impact on you?
I might not remember specific quotes but one thing that sticks in my mind is to “remember why I am doing this and not forget the end goal” so that I do not end up doing something that I will regret down the road.
What is one book or lecture that you think everyone must read or listen to?
One Man’s View of the World by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew is one good book to read up, especially to make sense of how the world works.
Why did you agree to be a LAD panellist?
As someone with autism who is taking what one considers as the conventional Singaporean path to success, I wish to share my personal experiences and challenges in said path as someone with autism.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your sharing?
One thing I hope to share is that with the right support, anyone with autism will be able to make it in life.
Join the dialogue with Yi Jian and other adult autistics at the Life After Death Autism Forum on 28 September 2019. They will discuss solutions for adult autistics to continue thriving even after their caregivers have passed on.
The cover photograph belongs to Yi Jian and may not be reproduced, copied, or manipulated without the written permission of the owner.
To read our interviews with the other LAD panellists, click here.