Autism April

How I Learned To Love Having My Period as an Autistic Woman – Kate Ross

April 13, 2017 Spectrum Women

VAGINA!! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, we can get down to business. This article will be using blunt and factual language which may make some readers squeamish, but my aim is to help start a conversation and not to offend. As women, we all share the commonality of experiencing menstruation, more colloquially called periods. However, for some crazy reason, we are restricted to talking about this in hushed tones away from anyone we might possibly offend by talking about this perfectly natural process. As I write this, Eve Ensler’s one-woman show The Vagina Monologues is playing […]

Autism April

Autism and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) -12 Management Tips- Linda Wemyss

April 12, 2017 Spectrum Women

Having Autism or a Physical Disability on their own can be hard enough to deal with in a world that is as ableist as this one is.  Having both together can be downright infuriating and frustrating. There are some real concerns when it comes to physical disability for autistic people.  Autistic people die, on average, 18 years younger than our neurotypical peers (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/people-autism-spectrum-die-18-years-younger-average).  While some of this can be accounted for by higher rates of drowning (for those also with intellectual disability), and epilepsy, there is also concern that people with autism may have issues with expressing their concerns to […]

Autism April

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 […]

Autism April

Walking Africa for Autism – An Inspirational Interview with Abby Brooke

April 10, 2017 Spectrum Women

I met the exceptional, creative, and compassionate Ms. Abby Brooke quite a few years ago on Facebook through some other autistic women friends and we immediately formed a friendship. Abby resides in Kenya and has founded an organization to raise much needed autism awareness and acceptance by walking on foot with her camel companions to different communities. In the non-Western world, there is not very much information, let alone much awareness about autism, and Abby hopes to change that in her country and throughout Africa by educating others in a positive and encouraging way. She is also an artist, outdoors […]

Autism April

Through My Eyes as an Autistic Mum – Elle Cook

April 9, 2017 Spectrum Women

When I was asked to write a piece for The Spectrum Women Magazine I was blown away by the invitation. Who me? Little ol’ me? What would I have to offer any other Autistic woman in the world? I know that many Autistic women may feel similar. The world today doesn’t look kindly on us and our eccentricities. We are forced into wearing a “normal” facade that doesn’t fit us. It’s obvious that it doesn’t fit us, and yet we are made to wear it day after day. But what is so bad about being different? I mean really? Autistics […]

Autism April

Attracting the Kind of Life that You Want and Stepping out of the Bubble – Rudy Simone

April 8, 2017 Spectrum Women

There are people in the world who spend their whole life chasing happiness from without. They buy boats, cars, planes, trains, corporations, islands, trying to amass as much stuff as they can to see where the happiness lies. Maybe they have a great time, but if wealth (and fame) were everything, so many rich people wouldn’t be overdosing in hotel rooms across the globe, entering rehab, and/or psychotherapy. Sometimes people spend all their time and money searching and when they don’t find it in material things, they do a 180 and search for a higher power—doing good works, praying, lunching […]

Autism April

My Autism Utopia – Nelle Frances

April 7, 2017 Spectrum Women

Do I have an Autism Spectrum condition; am I Autistic, or am I a person with Autism?  After 26 years on this journey I still don’t know. Do I want to Light it up Blue for autism awareness / acceptance / understanding / action? Or do I want to be Autism Aware every single day? Are we born Autistic or do we “get” Autism from vaccinations, food colourings, gut issues, nut allergies or gene defects? Do I want research to focus on the cause of Autism? Or should I want research to find a cure for Autism?  Or do I […]

Autism April

Dear Pinocchio Child (Poem) – Margo Comeau

April 6, 2017 Spectrum Women

Do not be afraid of this lullaby Hush hush, none can promise you peace soon No, not even a shoulder when you cry That growing nose won’t teach you how to tune In their own ways, everything is strange I know, I know, they say that you’re different Misunderstood love, please don’t ever change In different ways, we’re all ignorant In your eyes, everything is absurd A saving grace to keep you entertained How star-crossed you are from the herd You’ve got no strings to hold you down, unchained When you wish upon a star to be real Pleasure Island […]

Autism April

All About April – Yenn Purkis

April 5, 2017 Spectrum Women

I have been an Autistic self-advocate since 2005. As the years have gone by the circle of people who I know or who know my work as an advocate has been expanding outwards. At the same time, the knowledge and ‘awareness’ of Autism has also been expanding. When I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 1994, people I mentioned the diagnosis to all responded with ‘what’s that”? When my first book, Finding a Different Kind of Normal – Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome, was published in 2006, people would usually respond to my diagnosis with ‘My [insert child of relative / […]

Autism April

About Aspie True Love by Paula Dassie

April 3, 2017 Spectrum Women

I will never understand the world. I see it through my eyes. I touch it, smell its odours, listen to its macabre everyday symphony of hedonism and war, and taste its words and colours. I filter all the information I perceive, trying to match every single beam of its grey-zone reason-light to one of the pure, polished surfaces of my crystal-clear aspie brain. I try to find some kind of similarity to what I feel inside of my heart, inside my true love. Why am I still rejected by society? Even worse: by my own familly? My husband? Why do […]

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