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Nathan Young - A Geeky Autistic Young Man with Incredible Talents

Nathan Young - a disability and Autism advocate. Nathan writes, runs social media, does podcasts, creates presentations, and does photography and videography work on his website Geek Alabama. On the Geek Alabama site, he does everything from geeky/nerdy talk, news talk, politics talk, events coverage, reviews, recipes, community coverage, promotions, charity coverage, music coverage, disability coverage, and many more topics.  He has also been featured with articles and interviews on many TV shows, movies, and shows on streaming services.

Nathan has covered numerous highly regarded events in Alabama, Georgia, and around the country and has taken thousands of pictures and videos that are shared widely on social media.  And on social media, Nathan has a great number of followers that enjoys his latest updates including new posts, pictures, videos, podcasts, and more.

Nathan was featured on the A&E TV show “The Employables” in 2019.  Nathan is on the Autism Spectrum and is often looked upon for advice and thoughts from many in the disability community. It was an excellent production - you can watch it here

Among the coverage on Geek Alabama he provides, Nathan enjoys road geeking, train geeking, cooking, watching cartoons, and pets/animals.  Nathan is also a major road and infrastructure geek. His major talent is drawing roads. #Aspie proud! #ASD

It's pretty amazing that he's made it this far - and yet he isn't a 'bitter' person - he just tells it like it is.

Nathan was the speaker at the April CalCoDem Meeting. It wasn't one of our most well attended meetings - possibly, the topic frightened some. Those in attendance were highly impressed and I heard more than one person say

".... that's the best presentation we've ever had."

Click and watch the presentation:

The presentation is very worth while and Nathan's information and slides were of a professional level. We all learned a lot. Nathan took several questions from the audience which led to him going into more personal detail about 'how he got where he is.' It's amazing and commendable - that he's made it this far - and yet he isn't a 'bitter' person - he just tells it like it is.

Beverly's personal rant:

For me, one highlight was information Nathan shared about 15 minutes into the video when he was questioned by a member of the group: His living conditions could be described as 'uninhabitable.' He wasn't 'whining' - instead, he was showing how limited the options are for low-income and people with a 'disability' often are.

  • Click here to see his rental - 

    • This was not a part of his presentation - I saw it on his page and wondered how he could possibly thrive and be around people and work, knowing this was what he had to go home to.

  • We wondered if Nathan would make it to the meeting to give his presentation -

At any rate - he can't afford to replace the vehicle, and his current circumstances could easily make him another statistic added to the homeless population in Calhoun County:

  • Can't get to work and maintain a job - without transportation.

  • Can't pay rent without income from that job (that he can no longer get to without transportation).

  • Can't afford a new/used vehicle on a minimal Social Security check.

    • Isn't allowed to work more hours - as someone with a 'disability'

    • That income would put him over his 'income' limit.

It's a vicious cycle - through no fault of his, and so many like him - with almost no way out, without help.

  • Where does that help come from?

    • Please let us know if you have any ideas how we can help, collectively or individually

  • Know anyone with a used vehicle they would 'donate' or sell on the cheap?

  • Know a mechanic who would declare his 32 yr old vehicle as 'DOA' or say it has life left in it? He needs a good diagnosis.

  • That's how people become 'homeless.'

    • They simply fall through the cracks.

    • And become another 'number' in the 'system.'

    • Not because they are not trying.

    • And finally - they 'fall off the radar.'

Please contact Nathan or CalCoDems if you can help or have ideas that might work. And thanks for 'listening.'


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