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WHO IS TONY HERNANDEZ PUMAREJO?

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My name is Antonio Hernandez Pumarejo. But , I simply go by Tony. I am a person diagnosed with Autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) and I do different types of work in the community. First, my main job in life is to be an bilingual advocate for people that are diagnosed with Autism and also, other disabilities from around the World.  I am also a writer and the author of the book called An Autism Unscripted Life (“Una Vida Autista Sin Libreto” in Spanish) , which talks about my life with Autism from childhood to adulthood. I do speaking presentations on the topics of autism, neurodiversity , bullying, mental health, motivational speaking and many others.

Originally born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and currently residing in Orlando, Florida,  I was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. As being part of the Autism spectrum, I went through challenges that are common, but , also not common for a person with ASD. Some of the main challenges in life were the following:

  • Non verbal till age 4
  • Verbal impairment issues
  • Struggles with social communication
  • Difficulty in building relationships and connections with other people
  • Challenges with short term working memory
  • Social anxiety
  • Depression.

Despite these challenges throughout my life, I have been able to overcome these challenges , which helped me to achieve key goals in my life such as:

  • Write my first ever book called An Autism Unscripted Life on November 2018.
  • Translate my book to Spanish and released it as “Una Vida Autista Sin Libreto” on May 2019.
  • Gained full time employment working as a retail customer service and sales manager.
  • Done crucial work in the Autism community as an advocate since 2014.
  • Board member at the Autism Society of Greater Orlando from 2015 to 2017.
  • Fundraising coordinator with ASD Adult Achievement Center from 2017 to 2018.
  • Graduated from Seminole State College of Florida with my bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Management. Received Magna Cum Laude honors (3.7 GPA) in December 2016.
  • Recognized by Seminole State College president Dr.Ann McGee as a person with ASD graduating from college.
  • Served as leader for Capstone team that worked with City of Sanford, Florida for the Uber Pilot Project in 2016.
  • Travel
  • And much more….

My main purpose in life is to make a positive and long lasting difference in the World.

¿QUIEN ES TONY HERNÁNDEZ PUMAREJO?

Mi nombre es Antonio Hernández Pumarejo. Pero, simplemente me dicen Tony. Soy una persona diagnosticada con el Autismo (Síndrome de Asperger) y hago diferentes tipos de trabajo en la comunidad. Primero, mi trabajo principal en mi vida es ser un defensor bilingüe para las personas diagnosticadas con autismo y de otras discapacidades a través de todo el Mundo. También soy escritor y autor del libro titulado Una Vida Autista Sin Libreto (“An Autism Unscripted Life” en inglés), la cual habla sobre mi vida en el espectro autista desde la infancia hasta la adultez. Hago presentaciones de orador público sobre los temas de autismo, neuro diversidad, acoso escolar, salud mental, oratoria motivacional y otros temas. `

Nacido y criado en Bayamón, Puerto Rico y actualmente residente en Orlando, Florida, yo fui diagnosticado con Autismo a los 3 años. Siendo parte del espectro autista, atravesé por retos que son comunes, pero, también atravesé por retos que quizás no sean comunes para una persona con TEA. De los retos que enfrente en mi vida, están los siguientes:

  • No verbal hasta los 4 años
  • Problemas de discapacidad verbal
  • Luchas con la comunicación social.
  • Dificultad para construir relaciones y conexiones con otras personas.
  • Desafíos con la memoria de trabajo a corto plazo.
  • Ansiedad social
  • Depresión.

A pesar de estos desafíos a lo largo de mi vida, he podido superarlos. Esto me ayudo en lograr metas clave en mi vida como:

Escribir mi primer libro llamado An Autism Unscripted Life en noviembre de 2018.

Traduzco mi libro al español y lo lancé como “Una Vida Autista Sin Libreto” en mayo de 2019.

Obtener empleo a tiempo completo como gerente en el área de servicio al cliente y ventas.

Trabajar como defensor en la comunidad del autismo desde 2014.

Miembro de la junta de directores de la Autism Society of Greater Orlando de 2015 a 2017.

Coordinador de recaudación de fondos con el ASD Adult Achievement Center de 2017 a 2018.

Graduarme de Seminole State College of Florida con mi bachillerato en Administración de Empresas e Información. Recibí los honores de Magna Cum Laude (3.7 GPA) en diciembre de 2016.

Reconocido por la Dra. Ann McGee, presidente de Seminole State College, como una persona autista que se gradúa de la universidad.

Servir como líder del equipo Capstone, la cual trabajó con la ciudad de Sanford, Florida, para el Proyecto piloto Uber en 2016.

Viajar

Y mucho más….

Mi propósito principal en la vida es hacer una diferencia positiva y duradera en el mundo

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