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Acceptance is hard

     I am in the middle of a diagnosis and I am having to come to grips that I may never have the normal life I envisioned. You grow up thinking one way. You grow up striving to do well. You grow up and have success. And then all successes become tainted with the same failures. An inability to break my own glass ceiling.

    The things I have realized in the last few months have been troubling. Coming to grips with the actual rigidity that applies to my life. The levels it has…

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Added by zkydz on February 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

My Introduction

Hi GRASP members,

I want to take my time introducing to myself. My name is Ahra Sung. I am 19 years old. I currently attend York College studying Pharmaceutical Science. I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3-4. I have issues with my social skills, and I have been bullied many times. So, hopefully in GRASP, I am able to improve my social skills and be with people that I can feel accepted by.

If you want to know more about me, here are some facts about me.

I…

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Added by kitty on January 25, 2016 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

Solitary Autism

I have read in many places that among the primary challenges of autism is that those of us who are on the spectrum tend to isolate ourselves, perhaps because of how overwhelming the world typically seems.  With an inescapably constant attention to detail, this is quite understandable.  Among the details I have noticed during the past nearly three years since my official diagnosis, however, is the recognition that it's not always my fault.

Nearly every other autistic person about whom…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on December 24, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

Aspergers and work

I am certainly not new to the American labor force. I have a Bachelors degree in Economics (which took 4.5 years to obtain). I have 14 years of experience in the financial service industry (7 years involving installment loans, and 7 years involving credit card accounts). I also have over 12 years of retail experience.



My issue, clearly, is not with the concept of a strong work ethic. My issue is with being able to place my entire focus on doing the best job possible. As an individual… Continue

Added by Ronald on December 20, 2015 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Autism Speaks appoints two autistics to thier board of directors

They are Dr. Steven Shore who many of you are familiar with

http://www.autismasperger.net/



And Dr. Valarie Paradiz

http://www.autismselfadvocacy.com/



The announcement has been greeted by a lot of cynicism and some of it is warrented. When you take in the big picture which includes the resignations of Bob Wright and other top officials as well as a change of tone in my… Continue

Added by Edward Kollin on December 8, 2015 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

Kiley Lyall is the first Autistic to grace the cover of a national fitness magazine

She has won the Women's Running Magazine Cover Runner contest. In addition to bieng autistic Kiley is epileptic and has cerebral palsy and is gainfully employed in a beauty salon disproving a whole bunch of stereotypes.

http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2015/12/inspiration/kiley-lyall-doesnt-let-autism-stop-her-from-running_50822

Added by Edward Kollin on December 2, 2015 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Discovery in middle age

How did I get here? I don't know the organics of it.

I call my life's experiences "Lifelexia". My entire life can be summed up by this: What has always been difficult for other people, I sail through without a care. The things that other people take for granted have always been very difficult for me. Talk about a fire starter with all that friction in life!

I know that Asperger's is not an official diagnosis anymore and is reclassified into ASD (been reminded of that by many…

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Added by zkydz on November 18, 2015 at 11:32am — 12 Comments

Autism acceptence gaining support in the media

I have been away with serious health issues. I may discuss them in a future blog but today I am discussing the tremendous recognition autism acceptence and the idea of Neurodiversity in the mainstream media during these last few months.



I will start with the book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Autism by Steve Silbermam. The book is no less then the first history of the Autistic people. It is throughly researched and debunks conventional wisdom about how Autism… Continue

Added by Edward Kollin on October 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cgrossman1010

Thank you so much for your suggestions. I will definitely try them. They seem like something I can handle. Not too overwhelming. I will start with baby steps as you suggested. I will let you know how it goes with my partner. As I said, any type of touch has been so difficult to tolerate but I think this will help. Thank you. Good luck to you.

Added by surfergirl on October 22, 2015 at 6:52pm — No Comments

To Blissplease and anyone else

I too have been recently diagnosed with Asbergers and am looking to connect with people with the same diagnosis. My behaviors often effect my interpersonal relationships. I have also been in a relationship with my significant other for fifteen years and my behaviors often effect our ability to be close on many levels. I tend to isolate and prefer my time alone rather than with others. Getting close to people is an issue for me. I also suffer from OCD behaviors as well. Maybe some of these… Continue

Added by surfergirl on October 6, 2015 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Relationship

I have been in a fifteen year relationship with my significant other. I have Asbergers and being touched is very uncomfortable for me. My significant other loves to cuddle, hold hands, etc. This is difficult for both of us. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to help make it easier to work at being touched and have it be a more comfortable experience?  Really want to work on this......Surfergirl

Added by surfergirl on October 5, 2015 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

GRASP's Autism & Disabilities Panel at Pace University

Please click here or on the link to RSVP, http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8370…

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Added by GRASP on September 28, 2015 at 8:37am — No Comments

The Maybe Baby: The Quest To Be An Aspermom

For the past few months, my significant other and I have been trying to have a baby. It's difficult because my particular place on the spectrum makes it exceedingly difficult to work in a standard type of job. I've recently left a two year stint in retail because of it, though to be honest, I'm shocked I lasted that long. And it isn't just finances that are proving problematic, either.



I've been slowly moving into his home, building an at-new-home routine. It's better here. Quieter,… Continue

Added by Abbigail on July 10, 2015 at 11:40pm — 1 Comment

Photos from GRASP's 12th Annual Benefit

Photos from GRASP's 12th Annual Benefit Fundraiser to provide support for adults and teens on the Autism Spectrum along with their families.

Dr. Juliana Bates was GRASP's 2015 Honoree for her work in the field of Autism, specifically with many NYC based GRASP members!

Dr. Bates, Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!…

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Added by GRASP on June 4, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

GRASP 2015 Annual Benefit!!!

GRASP 2015 Annual Benefit!!!

Please Donate Here…

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Added by GRASP on May 18, 2015 at 12:21pm — No Comments

An introduction

This week's been kind of a blur to me. I've been trying to organize my feelings into some kind of clever post, but that has left me unable to write. So I'm just going to write as I think. If it is a bit disorganized, well, I just want to get this out.

I have a 13 year old son who is a non-verbal autistic. I've tried to get a sense of what goes on in this child's mind -- a child who is sitting on the couch next to me right now playing and replaying clips from Frozen. I found Temple…

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Added by SRC putt on May 3, 2015 at 12:04am — 4 Comments

I really need advice on what to do. I feel empty and so confused with the world.

Hello members of grasp. I don't know how to start this because I don't know how to interact with other people. I have some questions about that because I don't know how or what to do next or why to do anything in the first place. Nothing seems to make sense for me and because of that I feel empty. I have tried talking to psychologists and they can't seem to answer my questions either. I feel so alone because no one even comes close to understanding what I'm trying to say. One question I…

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Added by Midnight on April 16, 2015 at 4:33am — 4 Comments

Autism Acceptence Month - Songs that represent accepting our Aspie/Autistic selves/Positive view of your experiences

One song half a century old. The Kinks - I'm Not Like Anybody Else 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmb7TU0OrOI

One Brand New. Marinna and The Diamonds - Solitaire from the "Froot" album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDI44Xhq7Tk

"Don't wanna talk anymore

I'm obsessed with silence

I go home and I lock my door

I…

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Added by Edward Kollin on April 3, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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