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