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SHAYLA

The title only has one word; one name. This is the story of someone who means the universe to me. Everyone needs someone like SHAYLA in their life. After I tell you this story, you’ll understand why.

When I first met this woman, at my job, I didn’t think much of her. Only thing I knew about her is that she has six children. I didn’t know her. I didn’t want to know her. She was nothing but another coworker. Until she…

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Added by Michael Johnson on January 14, 2014 at 1:15am — 1 Comment

EVEN HEROES NEED SIDEKICKS

We all want to be heroes. We all want to save the world. But sometimes even heroes need sidekicks.

I have a friend who makes the word HARD look EASY. She works hard at her job. She works hard to provide and care for her family. We live in a society where most people can’t do both. But she is one person who can. And she does this on her own. Some people may not see that but to others that is a modern day hero. I believe…

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Added by Michael Johnson on January 11, 2014 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

DARKNESS

When living with HFA it can take you to a place. A place that no one should go, not even in your darkest hour. One day, it gets to the point that your darkness can take over your mind and your soul.
A couple of years ago, I was at my darkest time. I had no friends, barely any family, no job, and no life. I had no one. No one who understood me. No…
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Added by Michael Johnson on January 5, 2014 at 2:38am — 2 Comments

Living with AS

Hey everybody, first let me say how grateful I am to finally come to a community where I can speak out on my disorder, as well as the many problems associated with it. I definitely look forward to hearing  some of your stories :) Well, let me tell you MY story. When I was a child I had been diagnosed with AS and for several years I had kind of been ignorant on the problem. I didn't really know what made me so different from most people..until my mother told me around freshman year of high…

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Added by Scott H. on January 3, 2014 at 7:46pm — 3 Comments

SHOW THEM YOUR APPRECIATION!

Why can't people take no for an answer? For some time, I've been showing my friends my appreciation for being in my life by doing little things. Small things like buying them lunch to large things like buying them a watch they wanted on their birthday. The reason I do these things is to show them that there are people that do love them; that do care for them; that wants what's best for them. And that they are the most special people in my life and I want to show them how I feel about…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 31, 2013 at 2:50am — 4 Comments

Best of Both Worlds

In my last blog, I said that I had very few friends. But then last year, I met two people that have really changed my life. I won't mention their names for privacy reasons. All I'll is that I gave them a nickname - The Best of Both Worlds.

I have one friend that is known to be very nurturing, compassionate and warm-hearted. She is a mother of six children so nurturing comes natural to her. When she knows that I am down or having a bad day she always noticed and is always there…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 27, 2013 at 2:01am — 1 Comment

Do the Really Understand??

Autistic people are known to have very few friends and its difficult to make them. But when you get close to the ones you do have and they claim they understand your condition. Do you ask yourself, do they really know? Do they really know what we go through on a daily basis? Do they really know how hard it is to be forthcoming?

Take it from me, I don't have a lot of friends and the ones that I do have I did tell them about my condition. But sometimes I feel that that want to…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 26, 2013 at 2:48am — 3 Comments

Article that makes you think

Today I read an article that said that people who are autistic have a greater risk of committing suicide than someone who is depressed and non autistic.

I can understand why someone with this condition would have the thoughts. And I had those thoughts too in the past. But I haven't had a thought like that in years.

I am not a supporter of this act but I can relate thought but all I can do is just live my life. And hope these thoughts will never cross my mind…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 22, 2013 at 1:29am — 5 Comments

LAST RESORT

My name is Mike and I became a member of GRASP. I was diagnosed with autism when I was kid but since it was fairly new at my time, they didn't know what kind of autism it was. Just recently I dound out the title of this condition PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not otherwise specified.) or high functioning autism. All they knew is that my symptoms were not as severe.  So I had to go to a special school, go to a special class, "ride the short bus." Then everyone thought I was ready…

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Added by Michael Johnson on December 21, 2013 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Disability is a natural part of human diversity,

Disability is a natural part of human diversity, 

and the problems that people with disabilities face

in fully enjoying their human rights 

stem from the failure of society 

to be inclusive of people with disabilities.

Societal barriers --physical, informational, attitudinal, and others--

are the things that need to be 'treated,

'not people with…

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Added by Joseph Monette on December 17, 2013 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment

We Love Aspies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHC3M7KL2ns

I just wanted to share this video, from an old episode of Sesame Street.

When I…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on December 17, 2013 at 3:48am — 3 Comments

Standing Tall in a World of Cowering Shadows

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…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on December 5, 2013 at 11:17am — 5 Comments

Grandmother Wants To Help my 21 year old grandson.

I have always known he is different. I learned in his mid teen years there was more to his problem than ADHD. He was diagnosed with it and took meds in grammar school. I studied him and diagnosed him myself with Aspbergers. I knew this was his problem. All these stories support that and he has all symptoms listed. He knows he is different but does not know he has AS but I have told him what I thought. Communicating with him is frustrating. He never wants to talk. Does he want to know about… Continue

Added by Marcie on November 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

To Water a Dry Stick

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…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on November 12, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

Because of Maynard G. Krebs.

This story sums up my life as of so far. Went I was very young 7 maybe 8 or so, I liked to watch Nick At Night on TV. For those of you who don't know what that is, it was when the network Nickelodeon would play old black and white sitcoms. They were all great but the best one was The Many Loves of Dobie Gills. On this show there was this "CRAZY CHARACTER". His name was Maynard G. Krebs. He wasn't like everybody else, he was different in every way. I identified with him completely. Being a… Continue

Added by David Miller on November 1, 2013 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Eyes Without a Face

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…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on November 1, 2013 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

I'm Tired of Feeling Tired

I almost 35 years old, but I feel 65 years old. All the mistakes I've made in my life, have been made in an effort to try to "FIT IN." I've been struggling for so long. I'm just learning now about Asperger's and Autisum. I started to really look at myself when my now ex-wife was pregnant with our son. I went to a doctor. They asked me what my symptoms are. That question...made me feel more confused, sad, frustrated, and later angry than I've ever been. I quickly became deeply depressed, and I… Continue

Added by David Miller on October 31, 2013 at 4:28pm — 5 Comments

Becoming visible

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,…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on October 25, 2013 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Hello

So, I got an email that my membership is active.

I am 64 and have been a registered nurse for about 20 years, before which I was a letter carrier.

Both of my sons were diagnosed with Aspergers around preschool age at the Cleveland Clinic and, although I was never officially diagnosed, there is no doubt in my mind that I have all the necessary symptoms to be diagnosed as well.

Added by Ken Havran on October 13, 2013 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

The Ability to Speak a Name

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…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on October 7, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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