Silently Yelling

It was just another day when it began. I didn’t have the most demanding job in the world. My responsibility? I fixed things when no one else could. My ability? I’m autistic. However, no one in the company knows this. It did not seem something … Continue readingSilently Yelling

SFCS: Chapter 1 – Appearances Are Not Necessarily Reality

As the motorcade speeds away from Santa Fe Plaza, those left standing there are dumbfounded. It’s almost an eerie silence for that moment. Then, the photographers from the two TV stations who showed up pull out their phones to make calls back to their respective … Continue readingSFCS: Chapter 1 – Appearances Are Not Necessarily Reality

SFCS: The Press Conference

(Santa Fe Combat Sports is a fictional work about a small professional wrestling group in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Settings maybe real, but all characters are works of fiction.)   To anyone who knew Santa Fe Plaza, it is known to be a center for … Continue readingSFCS: The Press Conference

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 … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – 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. … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – Day 24 (Political Issue)