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Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum to Crush Stereotypes

We, me certainly included often complain of the stereotyping of Autism and the lack of understanding of the spectrum. Rebecca Burgess of the UK did something about it and did it well. I noticed the blogs lately have been from the recently diagnosed. I suspect Rebecca's work will be a real help in explaining things.

http://theoraah.tumblr.com/post/142300214156/understanding-the-spectrum

Added by Edward Kollin on May 30, 2016 at 1:05am — 1 Comment

Voice

When I was first diagnosed at age 50 with high-functioning autism, I was finally able to understand many of the relational struggles I've encountered throughout life.  As time went on, however, I experienced great difficulty in finding any other men in a similar age range who, like myself, were also gay.  I mentioned the problem…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on May 5, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments

Relief: Receiving an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult By Becca Lory

Relief: Receiving an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

By Becca Lory

 

I am often asked what it felt like to get an autism diagnosis at age 36. As an active Autism Advocate, writer, and public speaker, when I say often…I mean OFTEN. …

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Added by GRASP on May 1, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Asperger's...maybe?

Hi. I'm not sure if I have Asperger's or not. I took the quizzes and looked at the check lists and they say I have it. And it would explain a lot about me. I can't afford to go to the doctor and have them diagnose me. I'm not sure I'd want to anyway. I'm trying to figure out if I should tell my family. If I don't get the diagnosis straight from a doctor they probably won't believe me. I'm not sure if it would make a difference to them anyway. They've always thought I was weird. I would…

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Added by Julia Devlin on April 25, 2016 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

Diagnosis-April 14, 2016

                Today I received my diagnosis. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions, information to sort and start to make final connections. Today I found out that all the research, effort to learn what I would need to do to make progress has been for good.

The official diagnosis is ASD Level 1 with no mental impairments and a cozy side order of social anxiety. I can’t remember the level of social anxiety though. I think we’ll wait and see about the mental impairments once people get to…

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Added by zkydz on April 15, 2016 at 1:39am — No Comments

Inside Out Review

Hey Kids,

I do apologize for the delays in blog posting, but I was so swamped with a lot of work from college. LIke I said, college is not that easy. 

So I've seen a movie called "Inside Out," and it's a movie about a girl with 5 emotions inside her brain. The 5 emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust. They help control the girl's feelings as she progress through her transition to her new life in San Francisco from Minnesota. She has difficulties in…

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Added by kitty on March 25, 2016 at 10:06pm — No Comments

My art, this year and last

My 2015 art

My January art

My February art…

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Added by David Rubin on March 13, 2016 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Cousin

That is me and my cousin.

Added by CalDr88 on February 13, 2016 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Calvin

I am so happy to have found GRASP. I hope I meet a lot of people. Contact me if you want. Calvin

Added by CalDr88 on February 13, 2016 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

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 — 2 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 — 2 Comments

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 — 2 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 — 3 Comments

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

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