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    Posted May 20, 2008 by
    Macon, Georgia
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    F2 Tornado - Sensory Overload

    F2 Tornado - Sensory Overload May 20, 2008

    MACON, GA -- It's your favorite Asperger, Michael Buckholtz, again. This time I have a sensory overload story to tell ya. You may or may not know but, Macon, Georgia became the next victim of natures fury. To the tune of an estimated $75million, our town sustained major damage from an F2 tornado. This was perhaps the most frightening event I've ever been through next to the Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Yep! This was worse than an earthquake to me.

    My little home office for the non-profit was hit pretty hard as you can see in the photos. However, I am just fine. Scared out of my wits, but, fine. The noises created by the wind force of a tornado, along with flying debris is confusing and disorienting. I knew I was supposed to move to a certain area of the house, but, my mind was being inundated with sounds of what I thought was something either about to fall on me or lift the roof up! This uncharacteristically disoriented me and I truly didn't know what to do. I finally settled on standing under a doorway. It worked.

    The only pics I got are from my cell phone. The fuzziest one is just after the storm and it was still raining. I know there are other pictures of the devastation our area sustained.

    I'm more determined than ever to make this program work. More people are starting to really want this program and I intend to make it a reality. A crushed office will not stop me!

    As always my words for the day: As a community, autism or not, we need to pull together to make change happen. It's important and autism does not care about race, religion, creed, color, social status; autism is not biased. Autism does not pick and choose. My struggles with autism are endless. My dedication is not in a vaccum. There are others out there that care as much as I do. I hope they are listening, learning and reading. PEACE!

    Written by Michael Buckholtz *Find out more at www.aacfinc.org

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