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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…


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


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…


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…


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

We Love Aspies

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

When I…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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


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…


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

Not sure what to say

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…


Added by Kasey on September 14, 2013 at 9:42am — 2 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…


Added by brenda on September 8, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Thoughts about being a self-diagnosed aspie

_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…


Added by Shava Nerad on September 6, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Suicide: How Can We Raise Awareness So It Doesnt Happen To Anyone Else? (In Memory of My Mom 5-25-58 to 8-8-13)

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…


Added by Emily Marshall on August 28, 2013 at 11:15am — 5 Comments

Transition update 8_27_13

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

As Stones in the Stream

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…


Added by Denver NeVaar on August 25, 2013 at 9:16am — 6 Comments

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