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What Autistic Pride means to me by Maura Campbell

June 18, 2017 Spectrum Women

“What’s wrong with him, then?”  The man gawped at my nine-year-old son, taking in his noise-cancelling headphones, the belt around his waist and the strap attaching him to the dog. He then turned his full attention to me. He stared, demanding a response, expecting a justification to be provided for why we had brought a dog into the shop and were queuing beside him. Darragh was impatient for us to pay and leave so that he could enjoy his chosen treat for being a great boy that week at school. “Nothing. There’s nothing wrong with him. In fact, he’s wonderful.” […]

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Autistic Pride: Be Unashamedly You ~ Barb Cook

June 18, 2017 Spectrum Women

I believe in myself… finally. It hasn’t always been this way. Life was this strange existence that I could never quite figure a way to get through. Well, that was to the outside world. Life in my own world made perfect sense, especially as a young girl, but that changed as the years went by and self-doubt began to creep in. I have blundered my way through most of my life until I learnt about Aspergers Syndrome in 2008 leading to a diagnosis in 2009. That day, March 3rd was the best day of my life. Seriously. It was a […]

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Nightclub Nightmare & The Day I Stood Up For Myself – Jen Elcheson

May 28, 2017 Spectrum Women

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am not the kind of person who likes to go out much and explore uncharted social territory. It is a strong innate dislike as I am quite introverted and not much of a people person. However, in my younger days, before I had come to terms with being an autistic introvert, I desperately wanted to fit in so bad.  When I could muster the courage to do so, I would occasionally step outside my comfort zone and make myself do things many others would hardly bat an eyelash at. I would do them whether I liked them or not, even at the expense of my […]

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My Life – Barbara Schaefer

May 10, 2017 Spectrum Women

I remember the day last April when I heard this Professor interviewed on the radio about his diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and what it meant. I just sat there open-mouthed. The fact that he was an intellectual, a fully-fledged academic even, who had been diagnosed in his late forties probably helped me. I am a granny of now 62, and I felt the beginning of yet another reckoning, a making peace with myself dawning. As a social worker dealing with mental health clients since my fifties, I had already had many opportunities to reflect when thinking of individual clients’ […]

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“Autism Saved My Life” By Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS

April 20, 2017 Spectrum Women

For 36 of my 40 years, I was disabled. I was cut off from the world but for the tiny bubble that was my bedroom. Barely able to care for myself, angry, scared and lonely, I felt hopeless and broken. Suicidal thoughts were a daily reminder of my inadequacies and failures. I was certain there had been a mistake. I was clearly not meant for this existence. That is until autism entered my world and saved my life. I’m certain you must be wondering how a deeply depressed and suicidal, disabled person could have been saved by an autism diagnosis. […]

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How I Feel – Tina Richardson

April 11, 2017 Spectrum Women

Emotions, they are such complicated feelings that others usually expect me to be able to verbalise exactly in words what they are. Yet do these words that others use for how they feel actually relate to how I feel? How I feel usually is an intense mix of things that tumble all in together. I feel something but I’m not sure if I am angry or sad, confused or upset. Maybe I’m hungry or tired, I do not know. My husband asks me am I okay, “What is wrong?” How do I answer that? I can go many hours without […]

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LIFE – Beck Kelly

September 18, 2016 Beck Kelly

There are key moments in my life that I love to get flashes of remembrance for. Little passages in time that I am reminded of by smells, textures, visual imagery and memories. These are what I call my good days. But with the good, there is also the bad. Those memories of incidents that I wish I could take a cheese grater to my brain to erase. These are what I call my hell days. For some time I have struggled with the concept of “Letting go.” I have done the tried and tested therapy and counseling. This usually ends […]

Inspiration

Living Life as a Formal Event

August 18, 2016 Renata Jurkevythz

Ever since I found out about my Asperger’s my life has really changed… Or better said, my perception of life changed. Suddenly everything started to make sense, all the answers I never thought I’d get were just coming and I even found lots of people that spoke my language who were looking for the same answers. It was very enlightening and liberating as most of you who are reading this are already are very much aware of and have gone through the same (or a similar) experience. After feeling engulfed by this wave of energy and excitement, that only such […]

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Attack of the Vultures – My Journey With Asperger’s

July 15, 2016 Jaime A Heidel

Hello. My name is Jaime, and I am a 36-year-old American woman who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a little over a year ago. That day, April 22, 2015, was the most important day of my life. It was the day that I was finally able to stop pretending to be someone I wasn’t and shine my light out into the world as my authentic self. Before that beautiful day, life had been a horrible struggle. I grew up in the 1980s, when the only children who were seen as ‘mentally disabled’ were the ones who attended special […]

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A Day in the Life of Nichole Conolly

June 28, 2016 Nichole Conolly

I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder ( aspergers under the DM-IV) and anxiety as an adult. My parents always suspected something was “different” about me but ASD didn’t really come up in conversations with specialists. Maybe it was because I was a girl or maybe it was because I was able to hold it together at school, so what my parents and siblings saw was totally different to what the teachers saw. I hear this scenario very often on facebook groups and pages that I am a part of. Due to much ongoing support from family and friends, I […]

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