Autism and Intimacy – Are We Groomed For Abuse?

From what I have experienced and observed, yes.  While it is likely unintentional in most cases (i.e. we're just doing social skills training wrong), nearly every autistic person on the face of the Earth has been groomed for abuse from an early age. (TW for mentions of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse) We don’t attract … Continue reading Autism and Intimacy – Are We Groomed For Abuse?

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A Challenge For Neurotypicals

So. Those of us with intellectual and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities are not always as aware of things that are obvious to neurotypicals. People expect adults to know certain things - for certain things to be “common sense”, and, when they meet an adult who needs those things spelled out, people unfortunately seem to forget the age … Continue reading A Challenge For Neurotypicals

Well-Behaved Children Rarely Make Well-Adjusted Adults

The problem with a lot of “social skills” training/therapy autistic kids receive is that it often doesn’t teach social skills so much as How To Be a Well-Behaved Child. This is particularly the case for autistic children whose parents don’t have access to any kind of specialists, so the only support they receive in the … Continue reading Well-Behaved Children Rarely Make Well-Adjusted Adults

“But I Have Nothing Against Autistic People!”

WARNING: Rage Ahead! “I have nothing against autistic people!” Really? You know, they always say actions speak louder than words. You can say you’re fine with us until you are blue in the mouth. You can type it until your fingers are sore. But it won’t count for beans until you act like it. So, … Continue reading “But I Have Nothing Against Autistic People!”

Daily Maintenance and Self Care for the Neurodivergent: Part One

I love feeling crisp and clean and put together.  I love the look and feel of a clean, well-arranged space - my mind feels more free, productive, and creative in such an environment.  I feel healthier, happier, and more confident. However, I am autistic and I suffer from major depressive disorder and an unspecified anxiety … Continue reading Daily Maintenance and Self Care for the Neurodivergent: Part One

The Fight For Medicaid – Why It’s Important to Our Community

First of all, I would like to apologize for the gap in posting.  I had various life things to take care of, mainly job hunting. Last night, I attended the annual ASAN Gala, and it was every bit as inspiring and galvanizing as I've come to expect from an ASAN event. The main topic of … Continue reading The Fight For Medicaid – Why It’s Important to Our Community