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Tasha and Marcus

This is the story about two people who live different lives. One is fun and outgoing while the other is shy and introverted. They are friends who can be close one day and can’t stand each other the next. Some people would even say that they don’t even need to be near each other because they are so different from one another. But somehow, no matter how bad things get between the two, they always find their way…


Added by Michael Johnson on July 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Black and White Thinking the Middle Path and Relationships

I've added a new post to my blog. It is titled: 

"Black and White Thinking the Middle Path and Relationships".

It can be found here:


Added by Pete Grella on July 6, 2014 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

Thank You Lorna Wing 1928-2014

Lorna Wing the British Psychiatrist who coined the term Asperger Syndrome and created the concepts of the Autism Spectrum and "Triad of Impairments" died last Friday June 6. Basically all of us who are members here at GRASP, as well as so many others understand who we are in large part because of the Wing's work. I am forever grateful to her.

Obituary in the British Paper The Telegraph …


Added by Edward Kollin on June 9, 2014 at 5:48pm — No Comments


Autism can have its disadvantages. But it can have some advantages. But there is one trait that can be both. It’s the ability to pay attention and look out for things that other people not might notice. You might be able to find a small h*** in someone’s shirt that no one else sees. Or you can see when things are changing so dramatically that they may stick out for you but not to others. Right now, I’m noticing that a relationship…


Added by Michael Johnson on June 2, 2014 at 1:59am — 1 Comment

Online Petition to Psychology Today to remove hurtful article

the Autism Spectrum

Below is the website for the petition

Website of blog I wold like to see removed…


Added by Edward Kollin on May 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

Nothing More, Nothing Less

A friend told me that I’m always looking out for them and they appreciate it. That same person told me that I was the best man ever. When I heard this I got a little embarrassed. I was just doing what a friend would do for another friend. In friendships, we have an obligation to do what you think is best for your friends. I’m not here to teach you how to be a friend or how to be a better one because it’s not my…


Added by Michael Johnson on April 23, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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 — 5 Comments

Working Marriage or Long Term Relationship

When I search the internet for a positive example of a long term Aspergers relationships, I mostly find ( from the NT side) nothing but negative experiences. I'm looking for some first hand positives. Tell me why and how you' make it work.

Thanks in advance

Added by Joe Cox on April 5, 2014 at 11:01pm — 8 Comments


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 — 1 Comment


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 — 2 Comments

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

CNN Breaking News

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 — 1 Comment


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 — 2 Comments

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 — 6 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 — 2 Comments

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