AAM – Day 30 (Acceptance means…)

There is so much movement in the diversity and inclusion front these days. Some of it is token and not worth the paper the press release came on. Others are making concerted efforts to take D&I seriously. The only thing I would do different is make sure D&I ropes in EVERYONE. Gender, ethnicity, disability, neuro-type… … Read moreAAM – Day 30 (Acceptance means…)

AAM – Day 29 (Famous Autistics)

Just a smattering of famous autistics (that everyone would recognize as famous)… Anthony Hopkins is the genius behind many roles, including Hannibal Lecter. Dan Aykroyd is a comedy legend that has always been quirky. Tim Burton, who is self-diagnosed, is known for directing movies about subject matters some might find odd, but they always make … Read moreAAM – Day 29 (Famous Autistics)

AAM – Day 28 (Dealing with meltdowns)

I will be perfectly honest. I don’t think I handle meltdowns in a solid manner. Granted, it is a meltdown. Who does? The key is to know you’re about to cross that threshold, and then stop the direction you’re going in once you realize that. I, on the other hand, don’t see it coming until … Read moreAAM – Day 28 (Dealing with meltdowns)

AAM – Day 27 (Identity Language)

First, I will say that I support an autistic person’s right to choose if they will be identified with person-first language or identity-first language. Second, I will say that in multiple polls, an overwhelming majority of autistic people indicate they prefer identity-first language. Third, I use and support identity-first language for autistic people. But I … Read moreAAM – Day 27 (Identity Language)

AAM – Day 26 (Favorite Autism Book)

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome I am a big fan of plain language that is geared towards the audience. The more simple and straight forward, the better. This book is one that I believe accomplishes that for autistic kids. Obviously … Read moreAAM – Day 26 (Favorite Autism Book)

AAM – Day 25 (Symbols!)

Symbols are a bit of a sticky wicket in the autistic world. So let’s look at what a symbol should be in this modern age. First, a symbol should be something you consider to have meaning. It should be something that you can explain to someone else why it is what it is. It should … Read moreAAM – Day 25 (Symbols!)

AAM – Day 24 (Political Issue)

Probably the biggest political issue in the autistic world is that of equal rights and accessibility. What makes this tough is that the social disability that comes along with being autistic is also an invisible disability. Double whammy!!! In the United States, we have laws allowing us equal rights and equal access. (I don’t know … Read moreAAM – Day 24 (Political Issue)

AAM – Day 23 (Can’t live without…)

I can’t live without my smart phone. I don’t classify it the same as smart phone addiction. Instead, it is my focus device. I watch how my autistic kid bounces from one thing to another, and I relive the same things from my childhood. Technology helps me focus. Basically, one person’s addiction is for me … Read moreAAM – Day 23 (Can’t live without…)

AAM – Day 22 (Dispel a myth)

Empathy. AUTISTIC PEOPLE HAVE EMPATHY! We have emotions. We can empathize with others’ emotions. The lack of “emotional quotient” (EQ) from autistic people is just another myth propelled by an inventory designed for non-autistic people. Is it such a stretch to think that people process emotions differently? That even though that process emotions differently, they … Read moreAAM – Day 22 (Dispel a myth)

AAM – Day 21 (One thing other people don’t understand)

I am not attacking anyone. You’ll know it when I attack you. I make my intentions clear. It is you who muddle the meaning. Do you think I really have the spoons to pick a fight? I avoid the fight. I don’t like the chaos. I don’t like the stress. I do not mince my … Read moreAAM – Day 21 (One thing other people don’t understand)