On one hand, I remain absolutely convinced that absolutely everything is extremely interconnected and interdependent. On the other hand, however, as someone with high-function autism, I remain very aware the details of my world, among which is that apparently the majority of those around me wish to hide everything of which others might not approve--including autism. In contrast, I learned very early in life that one cannot live one’s own life with any integrity nor can one effectively serve…Continue
There once was a man named John the Short, who lived with his brother Daniel in the desert of 5th century Egypt.
One day John went to Daniel and announced that he wanted to live like an angel without concern for food or clothing. Daniel allowed John to go, knowing that he…Continue
Added by Ryan Haydock on November 12, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments
Hayao Miyazaki's animated film "Spirited Away" is a Shinto fairy tale. It is about a young girl, Chihiro, who is magically transported to a bath house of the gods where she is given a new name and becomes a servant after her parents are transformed into pigs. While she is there, she meets an old…Continue
Yesterday, I was browsing for clothes at the Goodwill in a neighboring town. I did not find a whole new wardrobe, as I usually do when I go to my favorite Goodwill in Lynnwood, near the transit center, which is a good place for a man with a smallish-medium build to look for good clothes, as it is located in a very ethnically diverse area that is not too upscale on the consumer end. However, I was disappointed with this other Goodwill, on the fringe of a highway strip of gas stations,…Continue
There is something about adversity that can sometimes drive a voice out of the shadows. Remembering that adversity--and more importantly that voice--once the moment of crisis has passed, however, is a bit more difficult. Speaking up with deep conviction could even be described as the transformation of that adversity into something better. Without open adversity, however, it is easy to forget why speaking up is so important. When circumstances are comfortable and convenient, speaking…Continue
My name is Kasey. I'm almost 22 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 16. For some reason I chose to ignore my diagnosis until recently. I decided a few months ago that I would like to reach out and try to meet other people with aspergers and that was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I contacted the Autism Society of Maine and they got me in touch with their adult social group. I've been 3 times now and I love it. The first evening I went I was extremely nervous. I thought…Continue
Added by Yvona Fast on September 12, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments
An informal discussion group meets regularly in the Main chat room, every Monday and Thursday evening, at 9P.M. EST/ 8P.M. CST/ 7P.M. MST and 6P.M. PST.
This group was formed by new members who decided that setting up a set time to meet would be a way to find people to chat with. A few of us had found that we would visit the chat room to find that there was no one there, or we'd just missed someone.
Since February, we have had good attendance, with some regulars…Continue
Added by brenda on September 8, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments
_perspective, history and assets_
There are just things you can't do as an insider.
I had to learn mainstream culture from the outside, swear to God, as a high intelligence person on the spectrum -- and it's what made me quite so good at marketing and political analysis and that whole range of what I do, because I am a compassionate outsider.
I am not attached to the idea that we are better than mammals, for example. I…
This is a dedication to my mother who I loved dearly. We tried time after time to get a diagnosis & just kept hitting brick wall after brick wall. Starting this year on February 13th she was in the hospital for suicidal ideation 3 times, & another she actually attempted. When they let her go the 1st time she told them she was not ready to go, so did my dad, my husband, me, & my grandmother. The hospital however acted as if they didn't have a care in the world. They released her…Continue
This is Becca's Mom-I haven't logged in since June as nothing happened over the summer. However, this week we are finally getting things started. We met with her Job Coach on Monday for almost 2 hours. He seemed great and is actively looking for positions this week. We also started yesterday with her Life Coach/OT. I'm very excited to see how her schedule works out.
Added by Rebecca on August 28, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments
Mottled and misshapen, unmoving and unmoved for longer than any remembers, yet in awareness forever growing and accumulating more memories than any single moment can hold--an entire lifetime is necessary. In a long ago time, the stone lay in a field, surrounded by flowers with occasional attempts by vines to scale its modest height. Then a particularly harsh winter fading to spring floods reshaped the land and the water found a new course. Now the tiny trickle had grown to a steady…Continue
Added by laughinghelps on August 21, 2013 at 10:55am — No Comments
I look up at the night sky and see all the glimmering stars and think wow. The light from those tiny specks in the sky have traveled hundreds, thousands, even millions of light years to reach our eyes. What is actually as large as our massive sun, and some even larger, is received by us as just a little speck in the sky. To our planet we are just tiny specks of dust. To our sun our planet is just a tiny insect. To other even more massive stars our sun is like a newborn babe. To the galaxy…Continue
Well, I managed to do it again -- get really far with something, and then blow it at the end. Back to square one, as usual! I thought maybe by some miracle I wouldn't crucify myself in the interview for this training program I've been harping on, but no such luck! Couldn't call stuff to mind when they asked me questions. I won't go into all the sordid details, but here is what I am choosing to take out of it: This particular type of job is ideally suited to me. Therefore, even though…Continue
For those who have not yet heard, there is a new documentary airing on PBS from Chris Larsen called Neurotypical. It is also available online to stream. Check it out here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/.