Hayden Mears here. It’s been almost three years since my good friend, Danny Raede, called me up and asked me to go into business with him. I remember my apprehension, my fear, my excitement at the prospect of touching so many lives simply by telling my story and revisiting my own struggles with Asperger’s. Despite any misgivings I may have had, I numbly replied, “Yes. Yes I will.” Days later, Danny arrived at my parents’ house in Bixby, Oklahoma and we began laying the groundwork for Asperger Experts. And so it began.
Fast forward to now, to today. As the year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on what’s happened, what’s to come, and where Asperger Experts is headed as a company. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying, and it’s unbelievable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at our Facebook page (which has grown to an impressive 116,000 likes) and whispered, “Absolutely incredible.” We have grown so much in such a short time, and I often find myself overwhelmed by gratitude for those who have helped make our mission a reality.
I realized the other day that I’ve never publicly answered the most important question people ask when they stumble upon our Facebook Page or click on one of our ads: What is AE’s mission? What are we trying to create for others? Of course I know the answer to the question, but I’d never taken the time to sit down and write it out. So, this morning, I sat down and I wrote.
Here’s what I came up with:
Asperger Experts can be called many things. It’s a passion project created by those who experienced firsthand how difficult and discouraging living with Asperger’s can be. It’s a promise to create something fulfilling and enriching for other people with Asperger’s and their struggling families. It’s a dedication to betterment, to happiness, and to living the life you’ve always craved, regardless of how your brain works.
Both Danny and I are committed to enlivening, empowering, and educating people with Asperger’s and their families, ushering in incredible new periods of growth and happiness that may not have been possible otherwise. Each day brings new lessons, new insights on ourselves and on others, and the opportunity to share these findings delights and excites us.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about our material, I hope this at least sheds a bit more light on what we do and what we are about as a company and as individuals. I used to be ashamed of my Asperger’s, even angry with it. My mom and I fought incessantly, each struggling to understand the other amidst all the frustration, pain, and suffering we experienced almost daily. I’ve been there. I’ve done this. So has Danny. And I’m here to tell you that life doesn’t need to be so difficult for you or your child with Asperger’s.
I invite you, all of you, to join us on this life-changing journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal empowerment. It’s one wild ride, and we hope you enjoy everything life has to offer.