Autism Acceptance Month – Day 15

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Everyone Should Know…

Hmm. I guess here there’s a few points that I want to cover quickly:

  • Autism Speaks is harmful to us, so please don’t light it up blue. Light it up red or gold.
  • ABA is basically what conversion therapy is for gay people (I say this as someone who is gay)
  • Autistic people prefer identity first language
  • You should always listen to autistic people first and everyone else second
  • A lot of autistic stereotypes aren’t true for a lot of autistic people, like not being able to understand sarcasm

There’s probably loads more that I’m forgetting but I have loads to do today so my head is in a planet of its own!!

Let me know what you’d add

A.W

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Autism Acceptance Month Day 7

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The Autistic Community

This is probably one of my favourite things about being autistic. I have never found a community so loving and open and supportive. I don’t know what I would do without my friends and my partner that I’ve found in this circle. I’ve lost a few people, and I’ve had friends and lost them, but I’d rather have experianced true friendship then never have experianced it at all.

I’ve been friends with some of them for a couple of years now. I’ve been with my partner for over a year.

It’s also wonderful to be able to relate to and connect to other autistic people, like being with my “own kind”. There’s a value in this that I think people who are always around their “own kind” don’t understand. The lonliness and isolation can be painful, but the autistic community can help with that.

I do and always will have apprechiation for them.

A.W

Autism Acceptance Month Days 4, 5 and 6

Oops…completely forgot to do these, again. I’m just going to do them all in one post this time instead of uploading three different posts. I might write some ahead of time just so that I know they will be published on the right day. Wow, I’m so good at this writing thing…

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Day 4: Reactions to “Coming Out”

Due to the young age that I was diagnosed, I never had to come out as autistic. However, that doesn’t mean that new people I came across throughout my life would automatically know I was autistic just because I have a diagnosis. Obviously, I don’t go walking around wearing my diagnosis.

Some of the reactions have been mostly positive. Some have…not been so great. A lot of the reactions have been something like “oh, you don’t look autistic” or “I knew there was something up with you!”. Both of these are, of course, quite offensive.

I think I’ve mostly been lucky so far because I’ve had mostly positive responses. Some people to this day are still denying my autism, or denying the autistic traits, due to how I look so “high functioning”. Otherwise, it’s mostly been okay.

Day 5: Special Interests

Oh, I’m kind of upset I didn’t dedicate an entire post based on this one because talking about my special interests is one of my favourite things to do and not something I get to do often.

Some of my special interests include books, of course. I like writing, but I haven’t really ever taken it seriously. I don’t believe I have potential as an author. I do love reading, though. I currently have four bookshelves and I’m trying to acquire a fifth. I like collecting them, looking at them, smelling them, buying them, reading them, reviewing them. Books are very important to me. I briefly took an English Lit class for three years once I finished school, and that really took away my love for books for a little bit. I think not taking it seriously has worked well so far.

I really like Disney, toys, food, the paranormal (mostly ghosts) and animals. Anytime I am set up to talk about my special interests, I end up completely forgetting what they are. I’ve been thinking about talking about my special interests on my blog, but I know nobody really cares. I’m happy to talk about books, anyway.

Oh. I also like movies.

Day 6: Supports and Apprechiation

I didn’t understand this last year, and I can’t say I understand it much this year. Since last year, though, my situation has changed. I live in supported accomodation. This is different for everyone depending on the level of their needs and where they live. For me, it means I live with another autistic person and we have a set amount of hours that support workers come in everyday. So far, it’s four hours a day and we get extra hours on Mondays for any activities we want to do.

My support workers will help me with bills, going out, cleaning and cooking. Sometimes they will help us with other things as they come along like showering, medication and food shopping. Despire being labelled as “high functioning”, my function levels change day to day so my support workers can help accomodate that. I’m very lucky that I have support workers.

I’m…not really sure what the second half means, if I’m honest. I was just as confused last year.

Anyway, I’m now all caught up on Autism Acceptance Month posts so until tomorrow (maybe).

A.W

 

Autism Acceptance Month Day 3

 

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My Diagnosis/Discovery Story…

For this one, I don’t have much interesting to say because I was diagnosed very young and I remember very little about the diagnosis. My mother noticed something very early on, when I was around two years old, that something was up as she worked with children (and still does) and is very famlar with the way children “normally” develop.

I wasn’t too good at eye contact, I wasn’t social at all (to the point where I didn’t even cry for attention or cuddles, I just cried for what I needed and prefered to be alone), I was very sensitive to touch and sound, and I often had meltdowns as well as tantrums and there was an obvious difference between the two. One was caused by being overloaded, and the other was caused by not getting what I wanted.

This did not get better with age. If anything, it got more obvious. I had a flurry of constant school reports saying how I wouldn’t socialise, how I wanted to be on my own, how I had difficulties paying attention in class and doing what the teacher asked me to do.

At some point, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when I was around ten years old through a series of tests, interviews and observations. After that, I was taken out of school where I was severely bullied and into an Autistic Unit attached to a mainstream school. It was pretty good, actually, for my overall mental health in the end. I’d reccommend that.

Sorry for four posts in one day but I’m caught up now so it should go back to normal soon.

A.W

Autism Acceptance Month 2019 – Intro Post

Last year, I did this same meme…question thing, but on my Twitter. So, this year, I thought it would be fun to try and do it on my blog. I’m about three days behind so you’re going to get three posts in one day, and I’m sorry about that! But the rest of the posts will be on time.

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So, Day One, is the introduction post.

I’m A.W (not my real name, but I like to hide from people I know), I’m 22 and I live in Wales in the UK. I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age ten. I also have depression and generalized/social anxiety disorder. Possible borderline personality disorder, as well.

I study Animal Management Level 3 at college, and until recently I volunteered at two local dog daycares. Due to a dog bite, both placements are being postponed for a bit.

I live with my friend and an elderly cat called Tessa, with two young rats called Groot and Rocket. Guardians of the Galaxy, of course!

I’m into reading a lot and paranormal horror. I’m not really sure what my other interests are – I suppose I’m into writing a lot, and I really love Disney. I’m gay, so of course I’m a stereotype and I love unicorns and rainbows. Witches are also pretty cool.

I think it would be interesting to see how much I’ve changed in a year but I can’t find the post I did on Twitter last year – typical!

Anyway, if you’re autistic too, feel free to join in