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 […]
A few weeks ago, I had a presentation in another state here in the U.S. Those who hear me speak about accommodations know that I always say, “We shouldn’t seek to outgrow our need for accommodations but instead, to grow into them.” I firmly believe that there is a huge bias in that individuals with more obvious conditions (using a cane, wheelchair, etc.) are empowered to maximize their accommodations, however, individuals with invisible differences are set on an early path to seeking the outward appearance of ‘normal’ which means not asking for or getting accommodations. This becomes extremely problematic when […]
The Wonderful World of Work. A Workbook for Asperteens by Jeanette Purkis JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS Footprint Books www.footprint.com.au RRP AU$38.95 print Contents: Introduction. 1. Why Should You Go to Work? 2. What Kind of Work Do You Want to Do? 3. Your Own Unique Skills and Attributes – The Best Thing that You Have! 4. School, University, Skills and Work. 5. Getting the Most Out of Employment Services. 6. Working – What’s Involved? And How Do You Get a Job? 7. Get that Job! (Includes CVs, Interviews and Referees). 8. Volunteering – The Giving Keeps on Giving – to You! […]
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Description of the Research Project If you are at least 18 years old, you are invited to participate in a survey on communication within the close relationships of people with Asperger’s Syndrome, which will contribute to a better understanding of communication within these relationships. This research project is being undertaken as part of the requirements of a PhD at Edith Cowan University. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete all sections of the survey.Your participation is completely voluntary. Although unlikely, while participating in this survey, you may feel some slight discomfort or embarrassment if contemplating negative concerns. Should this occur, […]
ASD is for life: just like having grey eyes, or short fingers. We can choose to change these things of course, if we want to; mask them with coloured contacts or long fingernails. But underneath they remain the same, our secret. Our global community accepts that eyes and fingers come in a variety of colours and lengths. We accept that some people are great at Maths and logic; others excel in creative pursuits of art and music. So, why can’t we accept difference in the way people process the world around them? Why must only one way be “acceptable” and […]