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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 — No 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

Discrimination against autistic persons, the rule rather than the exception – UN rights experts

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15787&LangID=E

GENEVA (1st April 2015) – Two United Nations human rights experts today called for an end to discrimination against autistic persons…

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Added by Edward Kollin on April 1, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Autism Activist & Accomplished Pianist Steven Prutsman to Perform in NYC

Free musical performance by Steven Prutsman, pianist jazz pianist
April 8th, 12PM
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street…
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Added by GRASP on March 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Felicity House Event, NYC, March 12 at 6pm

If you are interested in attending, please contact Sharon at sharon@felicity-house.org or 646-362-0002.…

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Added by GRASP on March 5, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

ASTEP Corporate Lecture Series in Los Angeles

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Added by GRASP on March 5, 2015 at 11:11am — No Comments

ASTEP Corporate Lecture Series in Houston, TX

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Added by GRASP on February 19, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

My Thought Of The Day:

Autism as it is,at least to me, is a set of strengths and weaknesses. At least thats my perception. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Ours(people with ASD) are tremendously over sized in our perception, so it becomes overwhelming and looking almost impossible to handle. Until we develop a coping skill or strategy to deal with the situation on hand. part of the trick is to take advantage of your strengths and not let your weaknesses rule you. it`s a…

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Added by Joseph Monette on January 26, 2015 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Mindful based support group in the Los Angeles area

For those in the Los Angeles area:

I am in the process of setting up a mindful based (meditation and dharma (Buddhist) philosophy) group for adults with aspergers and/or high functioning adults on the autism spectrum (or those who suspect they are) and/or friends and family members. It would be 1 hour long, 20 minutes of mediation and 40 minutes of dharma talk and sharing. It would be through SHARE http://www.shareselfhelp.org/ - SHARE has…

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Added by Pete Grella on January 4, 2015 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Holiday Angst

http://laughinghelps2.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-angst.html

Added by laughinghelps on December 26, 2014 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Introduction

Dear members of GRASP,

I'd like to take some time to introduce myself. My name is Adam Granger, and I am 16 years old. At a very young age I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I don't have a very active social life, and I'm hoping that by joining GRASP I can possibly meet new people and make friends.

Here are some things you might like to know about me. Two of my favorite academic subjects are math and science. My favorite genre of music is rock/metal, and…

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Added by Adam Granger on December 18, 2014 at 9:15pm — 3 Comments

love my autistic personalities,

I love my autistic personalities, traights and the abilities that make me who I am. Kind but strong hart, fierce but smart mind, brave bold but honest spirit. These are the qualitys of my autism. My autism is not my disability, it is who I am. Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there's got to be a way through it. autism is not something you have. autistic is something you are. it is part of how you think, feel, sense and…

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Added by Joseph Monette on December 11, 2014 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

PRESENT

Christmas is considered one the greatest days of the year. It is a time to bring families together and show peace to everyone and anyone you come across. A time where you see Christmas trees and decorations lighting up the night and Christmas music playing almost everywhere you go. It is also the time when you go to your local department stores and toy stores to get those presents so they can be given to your loved ones on Christmas Day. Let’s be honest,…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 3, 2014 at 10:57pm — No Comments

my 11 y/old Autistic son

Hello, my son has High Functioning Autism, I am new to this site and would like to know if there are any support groups in the Los Angeles area. Also, any support for the IEP. Thanks!

Added by Mariela on November 18, 2014 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Happiest Day of my Life! I am an Aspergirl. (just need an NT to confirm it :-))

I have known that I have Asperger's for 13 years now, and have mentioned it to a lot of my family and friends over the years. I had never thought it was necessary to have an official diagnosis until this year as a result of circumstances and a spell of bullying and abuse to date unprecedented.

I live in the Uk, and it has been a struggle even trying to get an appointment for an initial assessment - I now have a good care coordinator and am awaiting the letter to give me the…

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Added by freya pietzsch on November 17, 2014 at 7:05am — 5 Comments

Disclosure: Being true to self vs. protecting self?

I was diagnosed with ASD earlier this year, and it has literally been a life saver for me. Everything in my life is improving since the diagnosis and I feel like I'm getting a second chance to live by having this new understanding.





I'm married, 26, and live with my husband about 15 hours away from the rest of my family (parents and two siblings). He obviously has been with me throughout the process so he knows everything. I recently…

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Added by Poppet on November 10, 2014 at 3:23pm — 6 Comments

First Blog Post

Hi, my name is Eric Vitale. I'm a college student about to graduate in December from East Carolina University. I've been on the spectrum my entire life and I'm close to 100 percent sure I have Aspergers more than anything. The 2 biggest things I struggle with are feeling as if I never fit in and having to try twice as hard as everybody else at everything. I take adderrall and Clonopin. Sometimes I just feel like I'm hiding myself by taking these medications like it is not my true self. But,…

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Added by Eric Vitale on October 21, 2014 at 3:10pm — 4 Comments

I can't cope with having autism

My mental balance is breaking down and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to stop it. I'm tired of college. I'm tired of this life. Why can't I be normal for once?

Added by Muhakma on October 8, 2014 at 6:18pm — 5 Comments

First Time Post-Struggling with marriage and being more affectionate

I had never considered the idea that I may be on the spectrum until my daughter was diagnosed 2 years ago.  My wife and I took her to see a psychologist who specializes in autism.  She was officially diagnosed on my birthday.  It was very difficult news to hear as I was not very aware of what exactly autism was.  She has made great strides and is able to communicate more effectively.  Communication problems were what lead my wife to start the process to seek a diagnosis.  My wife works in…

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Added by Can Man 554 on September 28, 2014 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments

Adult female with Asperger’s - discovering I have it, worrying about the future

Hi, I’m new to GRASP.  I’m really happy to be here but also really nervous.  As with anything that is complex and important to me, I kind of don’t know where to start discussing the million thoughts I have about this.  “This” being everything I’ve been learning about Asperger’s, especially as it presents in women, and its implications for my future.

About a year ago I self-diagnosed as having Asperger’s.  Two things led to it.  I have a young nephew who had just been diagnosed…

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Added by Liz on September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

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