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Let It Go - Autism Version

As a 56 year old guy I usually don't pay attention to Disney Princess movies. Then I read about the movie "Frozen" and the hit song from the movie "Let It Go" had  themes that people on the spectrum could relate to. The themes of hiding who you are because your "powers" went all wrong being isolated then finally allowing yourself to be who you really are is the story of my life. Sarah from Canada did a great Autism Version of it I thought I would share.



Added by Edward Kollin on April 10, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment


A friend came up to me and taught me a lesson on roles. How she explained it is that people play a certain part in people’s lives. Whether this role is important or insignificant, we all play a part in someone’s life. At first I thought she was talking nonsense and she didn’t know what she was talking about. But then I got it. I understood what she meant and it makes sense. There are some people in my life that…


Added by Michael Johnson on April 1, 2014 at 11:57pm — No Comments


April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. I was diagnosed with autism when I was young. I know growing up wasn’t easy. I’m not saying that I’m the only one that struggled with a difficult childhood because there are many children that are going through the same exact struggles that I went through. Some of them are probably worse than mine. I still…


Added by Michael Johnson on April 1, 2014 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

Losing Gareth

     He arrived nearly nine years ago as the most wonderful ball of fur I’d ever seen, having been flown all alone from Tennessee after arrangements had been made by telephone.  He was an amazing combination of spirit, mind, and body, trying to make sense of his own peculiar transitions, perceptions, and…


Added by Denver NeVaar on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

CNN News Autism

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To …

Added by John Ledger on March 27, 2014 at 5:53pm — 3 Comments


Added by laughinghelps on March 19, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments


Life is impact. What that means is that a person, a place, or a thing can make an impact. Whether it being positive or negative, there is an impact. I had a lot of impacts in my 28 years of living; some that were good and some that were horrible. I, of course, have made impacts with various results. But what I try to do is make a positive impact in a person’s life. Something that can make someone happy; make them feel special, make…


Added by Michael Johnson on March 19, 2014 at 1:17am — No Comments


What can a voice do to a person? It can either inspire or intimidate. It can scare you or soothe you. It can make you laugh or make you cry. I know I making it sound like a voice is an actual thing, but that’s because it is. A voice can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. It all depends on the person who uses it and the person who listens to it. Most people have one voice, and other people may have multiple voices. I fall…


Added by Michael Johnson on March 19, 2014 at 1:16am — 1 Comment

Newly Diagnosed-Relieved and Confused

Hi All,

I am a 57 year old gay man who recently found out about Aspergers. What I mean is I did hear about it years ago when Augusten Burroughs bother John Robison was diagnosed and was published but I didn't really think I fit into that category.

I was chatting with my sister whom I hadn't spoken with other than family reunions in 20 odd years. For the first time I can remember we were having an honest and open conversation. I was telling her of my experiences and my inability…


Added by John Ledger on March 18, 2014 at 9:02pm — 9 Comments

school evaluation reports received

I received my son's evaluation reports from the school which will be used to complete his IEP on 3/14/14. My son is in the autism spectrum, has a sensory disorder, ADAH; he is 3 years old but cognatively 16 months with the motor skills of a 2 year old. My son is mostly non verbal speaking about 25-30 words. We are still going through the evaluation process with the local regional center. We do not have any services in place I have no clue where to start outside of the IEP.

Added by tiffany marshall on March 12, 2014 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment


In my last blog I said that there are three types of people that I feel have a certain measure of understanding with me. I feel that the feeling is mutual. Everything I feel that they do with me, I do with them. When it comes to dealing with people who are “normal,” everything I learned or try to learn has either been wrong or half-right. As someone who is autistic, I have a difficult time reading people. So most times it’s guesswork. I know I may be…


Added by Michael Johnson on March 5, 2014 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Joining GRASP

Hi everyone! My name's Elizabeth and I have Asperger's Syndrome. I was diagnosed with AS when I was three years old but I only realized I had AS when I was nine years old. Growing up has never been easy for me, especially now during my adolescence. I have been, and now am still, struggling with trying to discover who I am and what I can do. Hopefully by joining GRASP, I will be able to find people with the same diagnosis as me too and be able to share my concerns and opinions with them.

Added by Elizabeth Ho on February 27, 2014 at 2:22am — 5 Comments


There are at least three types of people that I deal with when it comes to my HFA. There are the people that DO understand; the people who THINK they understand; and the people who DON’T understand. I know that we live in a society of people who think they know who we are and what we go through on a daily basis. But they really don’t, and sometimes they don’t want to know. So for the people who do understand, I…


Added by Michael Johnson on February 24, 2014 at 1:24am — 1 Comment

Mindfulness and ASD

I have created a blog that talks about how I have used meditation and other Mindfulness techniques to deal with my Aspergers syndrome. You can find it here:

I hope it may be helpful 

Added by Pete Grella on February 19, 2014 at 7:44pm — 8 Comments

Welcome GRASP!!!

Hello everyone! This is Leslie Moore. I'm so happy to see you online. I've been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome for only three years,  but I feel like there's still so much I wish to share. I hope to have a better experience in learning more about the group and its members. Thank you!

Added by Leslie Moore on February 18, 2014 at 10:02am — 2 Comments


On Facebook, I joined this group called AutismTalk. They had this photo of an Autism Awareness Ribbon and it was to be shared on the page of your hero. Now I know this was meant to share with their children or friends that have autism but I shared this ribbon with two people who aren’t autistic. I sent it to them because they are my heroes. They didn’t save me from a burning building or save me from being…


Added by Michael Johnson on February 11, 2014 at 1:58am — 1 Comment

Hi Yevonne

Hi Yevonne: Hope your New Year is off to a good start. How have things been? Get back to you soon. Ken

Added by ken antwine on February 10, 2014 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

Poetry and joy

I experienced a crisis this past summer.

I had a breakdown, related to burnout, from trying to keep a busier schedule than I was able to maintain.

I asked for help from my doctor, and was able to attend a 4 week out patient mental health program in a hospital where I live.

Approximately 10 adults between the ages of 16 to 70, attended Monday to Friday, from 9 to 4P.M.

The facilitators were psychiatric nurses, as well as a minister who spoke to us about…


Added by brenda on February 9, 2014 at 9:28pm — 5 Comments

Join my Google+ video chat tomorrow

I will hold a Google+ video Hangout on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 pm Central Standard Time (that's 2 pm Eastern time). I hope to be able to include GRASP members who would like to attend a meeting, but can't because there isn't one in their area right now. I have been facilitator at a GRASP support group in Iowa for more than 4 years. To see more information about this, and to read guidelines for…


Added by Ron Wright on February 7, 2014 at 7:12am — 10 Comments

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