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Michael Tanzer – Linguist, Author, Social Media Host and Ambassador for Autism Canada

A fireball of energy, Michael Tanzer is an adult with Autism and a huge entrepreneurial spirit.  Fluent in both English and Japanese, he has written several articles for Autism Matters, authored his own book, MICHAELISM: My POV on Life with Autism, hosts his own YouTube Channel, blogs, and podcasts… and if that’s not enough, is also an Ambassador for Autism Canada. 

 

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“Many people with autism have a voice, but are not always heard” – Michael Tanzer 

He has an opinion on everything and loves to share it and has a very deep understanding that his views on autism are his own and that each person with autism may have an entirely different view and experience than he does.  Michael is using his platform to make sure people on the spectrum feel valued and are perfect just the way they are.  He’s a brilliant young man and if you think you can keep up, check out his stuff! 

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Transcript:

Vincent Dela Luna
Hi. I’m Vincent dela Luna.

Karen Simmons
And I’m Karen Simmons, and we’d like to welcome Michael Tanzer.

Vincent Dela Luna
Hi, Michael.

Karen Simmons
Hi, Michael.

Michael Tanzer
Thanks for having me .

Karen Simmons
And Michael we would like to know, when were you diagnosed with autism?

Michael Tanzer
I was actually diagnosed at the age of three according to my parents.

Vincent Dela Luna
When did you become aware that you had autism? And do you think that that awareness made your life easier?

Michael Tanzer
My parents and therapist did talk to me about my autism to help me understand what it meant for me, you know, just it took me a lot of time in years, you understand the extent that I was not stupid or different? Or weird enough, you know?

Vincent Dela Luna
Did you find it it made your life easier? Because you, you’re an advocate, and you like talking about it?

Michael Tanzer
Exactly. I do that on social media through posts and stuff, you know, just… it’s a long story.

Karen Simmons
So Michael, when did you decide to become an advocate for autism?

Michael Tanzer
I started writing articles for Autism Ontario, and other places for my family, friends and therapists. They told me that I had a lot of really good things to say, for example, they told me that I would have courage to write a book to share my personal experiences on growing up with autism.

Vincent Dela Luna
Well, you’re you are a good advocate.

Michael Tanzer
Exactly.

Vincent Dela Luna
You’ve, you’re actually doing a lot of things. You’ve got podcasts. You’ve got a YouTube channel, you just wrote a book, which just won an award? Congratulations for the award? Do you have a copy of the book that you can show us? That’s fantastic. Can you tell us with all this stuff that you’re doing with your book, your podcast and your YouTube channel? What? What is your goal? What are you trying to accomplish? And share with the people, your viewers?

Michael Tanzer
I want to continue the spread of news about autism spectrum disorder, and things people don’t know anything or don’t understand about having someone on the spectrum.

Vincent Dela Luna
Is it something you enjoy doing?

Michael Tanzer
Yes.

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s great. Are you looking for a long time career in that field?

Michael Tanzer
Exactly.

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s great.

Karen Simmons
We know that you’re very, very passionate in sharing autism. And you mentioned on your YouTube channel that you you really want to get to the true meaning of autism. And that’s very passionate, very important to you. What does that true meaning mean to you? The true meaning of autism?

Michael Tanzer
Well, that’s a great question, Karen. Um, I think for everyone on the spectrum, it might be really different when it comes to personal experiences for me, for example, my POV is we are special in a very 100% good way.

Karen Simmons
And you want to share those gifts and talents and strengths.

Michael Tanzer
Exactly.

Karen Simmons
Right.

Michael Tanzer
Oh, yeah.

Karen Simmons
You want to get the word out?

Michael Tanzer
Yes. And more. Yes.

Karen Simmons
Yes. Yes. Yes. What is your what is your favorite gift that you have to share with the world?

Michael Tanzer
I taught myself how to speak and write and understand and listen to music in Japanese.

Karen Simmons
In Japanese. Oh, my goodness. That’s great.

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s great. Are you fluent in Japanese?

Michael Tanzer
it’s true.

Vincent Dela Luna
Wow, that’s great.

Karen Simmons

Michael Tanzer
I spoke Japanese very good, actually.

Vincent Dela Luna
Yeah, that’s, that’s great. You. You wrote a book?

Michael Tanzer
Yes.

Vincent Dela Luna
It’s from your POV your point of view. And I’ve heard you talk about that in your podcast and your YouTube channel. And your your point of view is very important to you. Can you tell us about your book, and, and what it means to you? And the importance of your point of view what you’re trying to share?

Michael Tanzer
I want everyone on the spectrum to feel accepted. It feels to be great about getting a diagnosis of ASD. And well think about it people with autism and others should be proud of themselves for being who they are.

Vincent Dela Luna
You’re right? You’re absolutely right. I heard you I’ve heard you tell people in your videos that this is my point of view and other people’s point of views might be different.

Michael Tanzer
Yes.

Vincent Dela Luna
What’s in your book, in the message in your book that you want to share it to people?

Michael Tanzer
I’m gonna read it. I’m gonna read one of the few lines from the book. Would that be okay?

Vincent Dela Luna
Yes.

Karen Simmons
Yes.

Michael Tanzer
Here are some tips to accept your autism. Set goals for yourself and write them down ASP. Keep a journal for yourself. Write down all your talents, take speech courses, if that helps you it did for me. take courses in acting or proven? Join a social skills group. or autism support groups. I did this, it was one of six extremely helpful beats, run believing yourself, spend time with people who care about you. Think 100%… Think 100% positive always. Let go of your negative because having negative is bad. Do not give up. Never be happy about being you, no matter what it takes. If you have autism, accept yourself for the way you are, and be proud of yourself in your outstanding abilities. There is nothing wrong with being on the spectrum. You are you. You can do whatever you want. As long as you’re not blaming yourself or autism, there are a whole lot of good things in your life. Remember, that you do. Remember, that you do not have to do it alone. A lot of people fighting for people with autism in their own rights. There will be difficult days, even weeks, but never give up the fight. The truth is, you must believe in yourself, no matter what you do. Give me up on us. Sorry, I suffer from my stunning. Giving up on giving up on accepting autism is not an option at all. Instead, you must be positive by standing up for yourself. And for your friends or your own family. Seek your happiness, your passion, your interests and your relative success. Go for it do not give up until you reached for the top. Everything is possible. Do it. Do it for the roll do it for yourself. Autism is a best

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s fantastic.

Karen Simmons
Ooooooh, I love that. Love that. So how does it feel to get your book published? And what is the definition of Michaelism? That sounds like it

Michael Tanzer
I actually did make up that word on my own.

Karen Simmons
That’s beautiful.

Michael Tanzer
And I got this book published during the COVID area of 2020.

Karen Simmons
Woooow?

Vincent Dela Luna
What does it feel like to be an author and have your own book?

Michael Tanzer
It took me about two years in the making.

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s great. And I like how it’s not just your point of view. You have a message where you’re trying to help other people that might be struggling with their autism, or not knowing what to do or what to expect with it. And you’re giving them tips on how to embrace their autism and enjoy it because autism is great.

Michael Tanzer
It’s true. I agree too.,

Vincent Dela Luna
Yeah, I love that message in your book. What do you want to tell our audience? I know, I know your book is available in Amazon right now. So they can they can read it. They can give it as a gift to their friends that might have autism.

Michael Tanzer
Yes. It’s also available on Indigo, Walmart, or Apple books or Google Play, you know.

Vincent Dela Luna
So what do you want to tell them? Why should they tune in to Michaelism and your YouTube channel and your podcasts? What are you going to be sharing with them on that?

Michael Tanzer
A little clips from from my podcasts.

Vincent Dela Luna
That’s great.

Michael Tanzer
Oral compilations and stuff, you know.

Vincent Dela Luna
Okay. Well, thanks, Michael. It was great having you here. If our audience wants to find out more about Michael, check out the page on our website. And we have links directly to his YouTube channel to his Instagram account to his Facebook account to his YouTube account. Michael is everywhere.

Michael Tanzer
Add come on to my blog, too.

Vincent Dela Luna
Yes and your blog.

Michael Tanzer
Exactly.

Karen Simmons
We love what you’re doing. We love Michaelism and we love the self esteem building part that you bring to the autism world. We love you.

Vincent Dela Luna
Yes. And we love your energy.

Michael Tanzer
Thank you.

Karen Simmons
Thank you for what you’re doing.

Vincent Dela Luna
Keep it up, Michael. Anytime you have new podcasts or new videos, let us know. We’ll update our page so our audience can follow with you.

Michael Tanzer
Good.

Vincent Dela Luna
Okay. Thanks, Michael.

Karen Simmons
Thanks, Michael.

Vincent Dela Luna
Take care

Transcribed by https://otter.ai

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