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Hijacked by Waiting

I took a test for a training opportunity last week, and we are supposed to find out the results of the test by the 17th (today being the 15th).  In my mind, that means the results could come at any time.  If I pass this, I can go on to the next step of the selection process for this training opportunity.  They say only 5 people will be chosen by the end.  I'm estimating around 30-40 people took the initial testing.  This has left me in limbo, because the whole thing has basically "hijacked"…

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Added by Jean Petree on July 15, 2013 at 1:10pm — 15 Comments

School... at last!

I'm so excited I finally got into school! Okay it's not an actual college or anything but still. I am officially attending The Hadley School for the Blind. Now before anyone asks no I'm not blind, but without my glasses I'm considered legally blind. I have also had laser surgery on both of my eyes already because holes were forming in my retinas and they didn't want them to completely detach. This, and the fact that I'll have to have more laser surgery in the future, got me accepted into the…

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Added by Darian Weeks on July 14, 2013 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

Gorus is back -- with a new job !

Dear GRASP community, I am back! I have missed not being able to connect with aspies lately, but I hope to get back into the swing of things and become, once again, active in posting and connecting with you.

The reason for my recent silence is that I acquired employment in a rather remote area of Alaska, many thousands of miles from where I had been living in New Mexico for nearly twenty years. The logistical challenges of relocating took all of my resources, both time…

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Added by Gorus Bix on July 13, 2013 at 1:42pm — 6 Comments

My Canvas

I was watering my backyard jungle last night. I am impressed. I see my yard as a large pice of canvas and the things I grow as the paint and wow, I don't know how to describe it, you just have see it to understand.

 

Added by Joseph Monette on July 7, 2013 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

Hello

I am really new here.  I found out about me about a year ago.  I was 57 yo at the time.  After all the shrinks, therapy and even being hospitalized once it sucks finding out this late in life.  But really it is a blessing.  I now know why I am so different from everyone.  I always knew.  When I was in grade school I just assumed my mind was controlled by aliens.

My brain races all of the time. It always has. It makes it hard to sleep so I deal with it.  I live in Houston Texas and…

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Added by Peter on July 4, 2013 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

Reviewing the Movies

Although I'm a person who is very selective about which movies I like to watch (mostly because of how much I remember them for days, months, and even years afterward), I also occasionally pull the DVDs out of storage and watch them again--in some cases as many as a dozen times or more by now.  One of the mixed blessings of autism is being able to similarly review experiences of my life, recalling incidents with all of the detail and immediacy of when I first experienced them.  The…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on July 3, 2013 at 9:21am — 8 Comments

Live and Let Live

I have certain very basic codes of behavior, which as an Aspie are probably more strict than those of NTs.  One of these basic codes is a belief in "live and let live" -- and currently, I have two issues which are really grating on me in this domain.  First, there is someone at work who has decided to focus his entire negative attention on me, i.e., he seems to be targeting me.  Every time he can think of something negative to say or some way to scrutinize or criticize me, he will.  He is…

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Added by Jean Petree on June 29, 2013 at 12:55pm — 8 Comments

Has anyone been diagnosed @ age 49?

Has anyone been diagnosed @ age 49? Continue

Added by Susan Hund on June 27, 2013 at 3:46pm — 10 Comments

Thoughts and Opinions of Broken Toys

I am 57 years old as I write this, I was diagnosed only a couple of years ago with ADD as well as Aperger's/ASD. Nothing was surprising in the diagnosis, as for years I had been aware of large difference between myself and most other people. I have had knowledge of my differences since childhood. I seemed to be just out of phase with the rest of the world, that is on the outside looking in. I never seemed quite to fit in anywhere, I would come close sometimes but, never enough…

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Added by Bryan L. McWatters on June 26, 2013 at 2:25am — 5 Comments

Vocational Rehab experience/Adult Transition

This is Pam again, 

I finally got the Voc Rehab person to return my calls as I started to call every few days asking for something to happen.  I then got some vague paperwork and a "see you in July" letter.  We didn't have an appointment in July so my next message was less friendly!  She eventually called me back and told us that we needed to pick a Employment Specialist from a long list.  This seemed pretty silly as I had never heard of employment specialists before and thought that…

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Added by Rebecca on June 22, 2013 at 3:41pm — 3 Comments

6 Word Stories

A few months ago at school we students were asked to write 6 word sentences that told a story or statement. Here are a few I came up with:

1. Toxic waste won't give you superpowers.

2. "TREMBLE BEFORE ME" said the kitten.

3. He's pretty fly, for a mosquito.

4. Breaking news: nothing exciting happened today.

Try to make a few of your own. (Note: Things like "a" or "I" count as words.)

Have fun! It's not like this is a 4 LETTER…

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Added by Rebecca on June 19, 2013 at 6:28pm — 6 Comments

Having Asperger's, problems with Teleological Thinking and some results.

Long before I ever knew I had Aspergers I had problems with Teleological thinking, since I was a child even.  I see a cracked window on the second floor of my house and I assume the house is settling and a stress fracture developed. It would be out of character for me to assume that someone had broken it on purpose or even worse that the supernatural or a Deity was involved.

In my religious upbringing I understood the moral teachings given to me as rational and necessary for an…

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Added by Bryan L. McWatters on June 16, 2013 at 2:00am — 18 Comments

Seasonal Shifts

I recall growing up in southern Wisconsin that with rare exceptions, winter was a time for the sky to be gray and the world to be cold--for literally months; virtually forever, from the perspective of a child.  When the spring did finally come, it seemed far too late, far too slow, and far too tentative.  In finally knowing after fifty years of waiting, a name and the beginning of an explanation for the differences in brain functioning that I had noticed and described to others since early…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on June 13, 2013 at 9:42am — 11 Comments

Transition Journal 6/10/13

This is Rebecca's mom; Pam.  I am going to start posting on this blog about our new journey.  Becca got her High School dipoloma on Friday and today is her first day officially in the Adult World.  We just met with her Daily Living Specialists and they will be starting next week.  We hope to fill 15 hours a week with some volunteering and fun activities for the summer.  This fall Becca will also have 25 hours a week with a COTA to start working on moving to her own apartment and to support…

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Added by Rebecca on June 10, 2013 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Airplane Travel -- Yikes!!

Carol Burnett's mother once said that comedy equals tragedy plus time. I would agree. I recently posted a YouTube video (Gorus Goes Flying) where I describe my experience with airports and flying, having not flown in over a decade. At the time, I was very stressed and experienced near fatal (hyperbole!) anxiety; however, in the video I am able to bring a sense of humor to it all. I consider myself to be fairly high…

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Added by Gorus Bix on June 9, 2013 at 9:19am — 7 Comments

A case of nerves

   I'm trying to get on disabillity and I have my psychological test today.  I'm really nervous.  I'm not the greatest at talking and I know I'm going to make a fool out of myself.  I'll probably blubber on like an idiot.  That or I'll be able to talk just fine and they'll think I'm lying about having a hard time talking to people.  Either way I'm gonna make an idiot of myself.  Wish me luck!

Added by Darian Weeks on June 8, 2013 at 10:32am — 8 Comments

Change History by supporting the first Autistic Astronaut!

I have Autism and I need your help. It costs nothing, just a moment of your time.  Please help change history by voting for me to become the first person with Asperger’s Syndrome to become an Astronaut!   Vote for me using the web link below.  Please pass this message on after reading the link below.   I am trying to fulfill my lifelong ambition of becoming an astronaut, and providing hope and inspiration to all those on the Autism spectrum, and to help change our image. 

Thank…

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Added by Lonnie on June 7, 2013 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

No Hours To Work, Fleas,& Meds

The boss says there's no hours to work & don't know when things will pick up. The two cats & the dog have fleas. Now they're a jumpin & a bittin on me. Gotta go get my happy meds today if I don't I will turn into a tazmanian devil tomorrow by dawn. Can't wait til the worries & crazies are gone! Tryin to find those sillies so they can come back & stay for good!

Added by Emily Marshall on June 6, 2013 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Read this wonderful review by Jerome Groopman of Temple Grandin's book The Autistic Brain!

http://ning.it/17V6gzE is a wonderful review by Dr. Jerome Groopman of Temple Grandin's new book The Autistic Brain, which I bought some weeks ago.  The review is one of the best single pieces I've actually ever read about autism.  It highlights a number of long passages from Grandin's book which illustrate the scientific method, and how stupid claims get published and then countered in later work, ALL THE TIME.  It's also very common-sensical and…

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Added by Tony Wuersch on June 4, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Sidewalk trouble

   I really don't like sidewalks.  I don't know if it's because of my AS or what but sidewalks make me really uncomfortable when I'm walking with someone.  They just feel to small and I feel crowded.  I usually have to walk a little behind or a little in front of the other person (perferably behind) and always on the side by the road if I can.  I especially hate it when I have to be on the side where the grass is because I can not (or rather will not) walk on the grass and it makes me feel…

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Added by Darian Weeks on May 31, 2013 at 1:29pm — 7 Comments

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