Well, it's getting close to a month since I was officially diagnosed with high-functioning autism and in some ways I don't feel much closer to any sort of clear understanding of this. I have made a number of contacts and have a number of potentially empowering meetings with individuals of various non-profit organizations scheduled for early March, but if a potential employer were to ask me today, "What accommodations do you need, to be a valuable member of our team?" I'm not sure I would be…Continue
To recap a rough few months . . .
1. In the fall, GRASP had the displeasure of having to dispute, on a webTV show, that Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) was a “fad.”
2. In that same season, we participated in the first-ever Congressional hearings on autism—unaware of how skillfully…Continue
I am an autistic adult looking for other autistic adults to participate in an autism research study at Caltech. The study is on visual perception and involves eye-tracking. I participated as a research subject last year. In the future, I will be working in this field of research, so I am hoping that some of you in SoCal are interested in participating in this study.
Here is a flyer about the study:…Continue
It’s February. Winter is in full swing, and storms are wreaking their havoc. Those who want spring and warm weather will have to content themselves to wait a little while, while those who love snow and cold can take heart that they will be able to enjoy winter activities for a bit longer. Those GRASP members in the southern hemisphere who are in the midst of summer will know that winter is coming to them, too.
No matter what the Pennsylvania Groundhog says, and whether winter will…Continue
Added by Yvona Fast on February 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Added by Chen on February 9, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Well, it's official: I am now a person with a "disability" and that has specifically been named as High-functioning Autism. In some ways, I'm still trying to figure out what this means. At the very least, it seems to finally explain virtually all of the social/interpersonal problems I've had throughout my life. While in the past I was subjected to almost constant accusations of "just being difficult" or "not trying hard enough," however, it appears that this official diagnosis will…Continue
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Added by Michael John Carley on February 4, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments
I'm new here, just sayin' hi... I'm 42 and I haven't been diagnosed, but reading Aspergirls was like reading a story about my life. It has made me reevaluate everything that I've ever done and felt. I wish I'd known about this sooner, I would have tried to make more of an effort in the relationships I've had/lost. I didn't know I was different....... Still trying to wrap my mind around it. Here's to trying to build new relationships :) Thank-you for this group.
Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to this group- just joined today.
I am 32 years old and have mild Asperger's. I was diagnosed with it several years ago. I was misdiagnosed many years ago with other conditions that I do not have. I never really got involved in any support groups or anything cause I was always ashamed of having it. I never told anyone and never received services for people with disabilities until recently when I probably could have a long time…Continue
It now seems in retrospect that everyone recognized from the very beginning that I was an absolutely unique individual. Unfortunately, no one--not even me--knew what to do with that and I have never done very well with the "throw him in, sink or swim" approach to educational challenges (usually I just drown).
The more I read, however, the more it seems that this same challenge is going to follow me into present and future interactions with others within the world of autism. I'm…Continue
I remember growing up within a rural environment in southern Wisconsin that we knew at least the basic identity of nearly every neighbor for three to five miles in any direction. After my family moved into town when I was about fourteen, we didn't know who lived on the other side of the fence around the backyard. There seems to be little argument that the world has become an overpopulated place, yet the experience of personal isolation appears to have increased in direct proportion to the…Continue
Added by Yvona Fast on January 16, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments
A very familiar thing I hear, quite often actually. First and foremost, allow me to explain to you what an "Invisable Illness" is in case you don't know what that is. An "Invisable Illness" is one that is not usually show, or doesn't seem to be affecting someone's physical features. They are generally more inward and mental. Though some, like Lupis, do affect your mobility as well. This being said, I would like to take this time for anyone willing to listen to explain what is like living…Continue
Hello, in light of my last blog that was more positive, I had just learned tonight something gravely serious to me. Now, you are all strangers to me, but I just got to let this out. My parents are not happy with each other. They are doing a trial separation, which from my understanding usually leads to divorce. I know my parents well, and know they probably will end up divorcing.
They were helping me to get through my condition(Aspergers) as well as the depression and anxiety I…
Hey all, my name is Patrick, as it says in the title(this is not to be condescending, but to be clarifying.) I am no stranger to forums/blogs, however I have never reached out on one that was geared towards my problems. This case in particular being Asperger's, though I do not doubt some people on here don't have it, but some other form of autism. We can all be a community, there are no need for boundaries, stereotypes or "cliques"(generally found in middle school through high school, and…Continue
Added by Patrick O. Marsh on January 10, 2013 at 8:20pm — No Comments
I'm pretty sure my wife is on the spectrum but she has never been diagnosed. Our 12 year old has been diagnosed about 6 years ago. My wife and I are currently separated. Just wondering if anyone could steer me to some good marriage counseling in the Ohio area that would have expertise in these types of relationships? I really hope to save my marriage and find better ways to make her happy.
Added by laughinghelps on January 3, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments