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
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/.
If you don't know what the Monday Nite chat room discussion group is, I would not be surprised. The group is relatively new, since February of this year, and not possibly everyone's cup of tea.
The chat room discussion group meets Monday and Thursday evenings in the Main Chat room, starting at 9P.M. EST/ 8P.M. CST/ 7P.M. MST/ and 6P.M. PST.
This group is not a formal GRASP group, and as well is not quite structured.
It began, as an attempt to coordinate meeting times in…Continue
Perhaps autism is the reason I've never really noticed an inherent conflict between individuality, relationship, and community. Specifically because of autism, I notice the myriad of details related to each of these three and, in time, I've also learned how these details can be organized like the subtle shifts of color within a rainbow. When conflicts have occurred, it is more often because of objections to interconnection.
On one hand, in being myself I make a point of knowing my…Continue
Ok, so, this is not the first time this has happened to me, when I set out to do something and it doesn't work out like I expected. I whent down to the hospital like I said I was going to. I didn't think this was going to be as hard for me as it was. Anxiety I was feeling this morning. I wanted to find an excuse so I could have a legitimate reason not to go. But I did go, and I was successful. I made it to the social workers office. She was a nice person. I told her my name, I then disclosed…Continue
Tomorrow I will leave the safety and security of my yard, in search of a new doctor. I am going to use a coping skill I use to use 26 years ago, before I hooked up with my partner. My partner used to help me with everything. But now I find my self a drift all alone, the sure line is clearly in sight but not close enough to touch. I believe that the depression I am experiencing is do to the uncertainty and blindness that I must face in my search. Aspies and change do not mix well, I hate…Continue
Added by Joseph Monette on July 22, 2013 at 12:47am — No Comments
I have been seeing my doctor for ten or more year's he has been very successful in managing my autism/ADHD to the point of enabling me to seek and maintain normal employment. Yes it is part-time employment but none the less it is a normal job. That to me is an awesome display of truly knowing your craft/profession. Now he has retired, and I am alone again. Not only did I lose a good friend but an awesome co polite as well. As I try to navigate through life in search of a new doctor, I…Continue
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"…Continue
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…Continue