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 […]

Autism April

Let Me Make You Aware (poem) by Jen Elcheson (Content warning: bullying)

April 2, 2017 Spectrum Women

Content warning: bullying   A distressed young child held down to a chair They say he’s “just being a brat” They clearly don’t care The teen they think is too shy to speak Is aware they are different And may be more powerful than meek The adult struggling to find lasting work Is discriminated against Over their many ‘weird’ quirks We may not always look others in the eye When I see it being forced I grumble and sigh Others laugh when we flinch from noise or touch Not understanding Overstimulation can be too much They say our behaviours are […]

Autism April

“So What Exactly is Autism?” ~ Maura Campbell

April 1, 2017 Spectrum Women

Around this time of year, I usually get asked to speak or write about autism.  I’m happy to do my bit. April is Autism Awareness Month and 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a good opportunity to engage with people outside the autism community. We get a bit side-tracked as a community over whether we should be promoting “awareness” or “acceptance”.  Or maybe some other word that conveniently starts with an “a”, like “action”. I don’t see these words as mutually exclusive. I appreciate the argument that’s usually put forward by those who are critical of the focus […]

Education

Classroom Tools for Students on the Autism Spectrum – Jenny Wise

March 8, 2017 Spectrum Women

When you think about the average classroom, you may assume each student in the class is following the same lesson plan. Teachers prepare the lesson plans ahead of time, and they generally guide the class as a group through whatever topic or skill they are working on. This is not always the case in a special education classroom where each student is working from their own IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Because every student is working on their own plan and towards goals based on their own unique needs, many teachers of special education students use alternative lesson plans. These alternative […]

Featured

Living Through Suicide Loss – A Conversation with Author Lisa Morgan

March 2, 2017 Spectrum Women

Losing a loved one is never easy, let alone losing someone through suicide. The impact is enormous and devastating. The pain, grief and often confusion that are faced for those experiencing the loss through suicide can be intense, especially for those on the autism spectrum. Lisa Morgan gives a heartfelt personal account of loss through suicide of a close family member. From this extremely distressing and challenging part of her life, Lisa felt the need to convey her experience with fellow autistics, giving insightful support during such a difficult experience. Barb: Thank you for taking the time today in talking […]

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WHAT’S IN A WORD? – MAURA CAMPBELL

February 21, 2017 Spectrum Women

Words are powerful.  They allow us to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions. Words can also hurt.  Whoever coined the old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me” must have led a charmed life. I approach this topic with some trepidation. I may need to take cover under my Thesaurus for daring to write these words. As soon as you broach the issue of appropriate language, many people will leap to the defence of the principle of free speech and accuse you of censorship.  Some people are weary of what they see as […]

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Autistic Women, Pregnancy and Motherhood – Lana Grant

February 16, 2017 Spectrum Women

I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2007 at the age of 38. I was already a mother of five children when I received my diagnosis. The process was not straightforward and it followed on, as is quite common, from one of my son’s diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Two years later I was pregnant with my youngest child. As I had my diagnosis I decided to use Mr. Google to see if I could connect with other autistic, pregnant women. Unfortunately, the results returned were not exactly what I was looking for. If you type in pregnant + autistic you […]

Book Releases

BOOK REVIEW: Am I Autistic? by Lydia Andal

January 19, 2017 Spectrum Women

AM I AUTISTIC? A guide to Autism & Asperger’s Self-Diagnosis for Adults By Lydia Andal Published by New Idealist Limited, London Review by Terri Mayne International Aspergirl Society UK Ambassador    “Am I Autistic?” is a refreshing and positive book about autism in adults, focusing on autistic adults without learning difficulties. What makes this book stand out is that the author demonstrates the things that autistics can do, and do well, and not just what they can’t do. Lydia Andal uses the phrase “Professional Autistic” to perfectly describe the autistic who has a career, lives independently yet may find it difficult […]

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