Eric went through mainstream schooling in an era where autism awareness was non-existent. Living as a stranger in a strange land, he was bullied and forced to conform to irrational social demands. Soon after his formal diagnosis explained his differences, he became Singapore’s first autistic autism advocate.
While serving National Service, he volunteered to join a Personal Mastery Initiative where his Leadership Journey began. Upon choosing to accept his human identity, he envisioned a future where United Humanity travels freely among the stars.
To fulfil this vision, Eric was determined to bridge the huge gap between who he was and who he will become. He started by confronting his emotions and pain, slowly releasing them. One day, his constant anxiety and fear went away as he suddenly developed 3D vision and the awareness of his physical body. That began his journey into the parallel universe of the NeuroTypicals where he began appreciating their hidden wisdom.
Excited to share his experiences, he was disappointed that there was no interest in Singapore. He went to Macau, Hong Kong and China to break new ground with autism awareness work in 2006. He returned a year later to take on a “normal” job due to immense family pressure.
He was shocked at the negative reactions of employers whenever he declared his autism diagnosis. It was the darkest part of his life as he felt oppressed, rejected and betrayed. He stayed low for a decade while working on long-term plans. This included reshaping his autism work towards providing solutions instead of advocacy.
Sensing that Singapore’s autism community was ready, he re-emerged to break new ground by co-founding the WhatsApp Autism Community Singapore (WACS) and organising the Life After Death Autism Forum 2019. He introduced the paradigm of “Inclusive Equality” and developed it into a prototype leadership training programme for autistics without intellectual disability.
He realised that Asian society will never accept him as a Life Coach, Counsellor or Psychotherapist as long as he is openly autistic. Rather than imitate others, Eric is determined to create his path and redefine the autistic identity and what is possible with autism.
Goodness, beauty, meaning, authenticity
My sword, armor, shield, allegiance
Armed with these four Divine gifts
From beyond the stars I have come forth
Journeying among illusions and limitations
Passing between light and shadow
I partake in the Ocean of Life
Towards the true purpose
Who I truly am
Who we all truly are