One of my favorite parts about being a self-advocate is speaking and educating people. I consider myself an ambassador for the autism community. I speak at conferences, trainings, schools etc. I’ve gotten the opportunity to speak to doctors, parents, and the community at large. That being said, I have a huge issue with the way… Continue reading 5 Ignorant Comments About Autism I’m Tired of Hearing
The World Is My Oyster
People seem to think they know what is best for us autistics. I can't begin to count the number of times people have thought I couldn't do something. People just automatically assume that I am less capable than a neurotypical. A great example of this for me is the last time I moved. My cousin… Continue reading The World Is My Oyster
To The Yarn Store We Go!
I get to go to the yarn store today which means everything I say and write will probably be about yarn. Y'all get to join in the fun. My birthday is coming up and one of my amazing boyfriends is taking me out yarn shopping today! I'm participating in a knit along with a podcast… Continue reading To The Yarn Store We Go!
Unconscious bias is something humans engage in every day. It is programmed into us and most likely, you don’t realize you have this bias. Autistic people deal with being on the receiving end of unconscious bias all the time. One of the biggest issues of unconscious bias we face involves diagnosis, especially when it comes… Continue reading Unconscious Bias
Cry Baby Cry
Crying is something I do on a pretty regular basis. I feel like crying is often seen as a sign of weakness or something negative but, for me, it is one of the healthiest things I do. It regulates me like nothing else. Regulating, for me, is resetting. It means that I am upset and… Continue reading Cry Baby Cry
Attack Of The Panics
Panic attacks and I have been at war with each other for ages. I have a fuck ton of anxiety. My brain is constantly darting from one anxious thought to another. Because of that, I often have panic attacks. I have several different kinds of panic attacks. There's the classic crying one. Another one involves… Continue reading Attack Of The Panics
Tell Me What You Know About The Night Terrors, Every Night
In addition to my very fun insomnia issues, I have horrific dreams where I wake up screaming, I would say at least twice a week. I fucking hate them. It feels like I'm paralyzed in these dreams and I scream for quite some time until I wake up. A lot of these night terrors are… Continue reading Tell Me What You Know About The Night Terrors, Every Night
I went no contact with my birth/biological family about 7 months ago and I have never been happier. They were cruel and abusive to me and I needed to stop being around them for the sake of my own sanity, what little of it was there. I have created my own family, instead. I have… Continue reading Family Day
I’ll Change The World Before I Go
I am truly thrilled to get to advocate for myself and my fellow autistics. I want to be the person child me wished she knew. Before this year, I was by myself. I had a spouse, maybe a friend here or there, but I was all alone. I also had years without having basically any… Continue reading I’ll Change The World Before I Go