Probably the biggest piece of baggage I carry is this one that I can’t identify a consistent answer on. Some days, I really enjoy helping people. Other days, I hate people. I really stick to the idea I like to help people. That’s what I do. I want to make it better. I want people … Read moreWhich One Is It?
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…)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!)
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)