Autism and Writing: Writing in a Network

Autism and Writing: My Struggle “I am a terrible writer.” That was my message to myself and was it any wonder because that was the message of others to me. So while I cruised through my math classes, I held on for dear life in my English courses. Okay, in fairness, I was an

Dear Autistics: Society’s Message Is Wrong & What You Can Do About It

"With the right help and resources, people with autism can be successful." What???? Society’s Message to Autistics At our very core, our very essence, lie the messages we accept for ourselves, all too often as dictated by society. The power of right, encouraging, empowering messages cannot be overstated. By the same token, neither

Compensating for Autism: Different Ways to Amazing Days

Have you ever tried something and thought you just couldn't pull it off? That in spite of your best efforts, you just weren't progressing? Yeah, me too! And it is crazy frustrating. Enter my blog, Her Autism. Though I enjoy writing, it really challenges me. When I first started blogging, I

6 Factors In Deciding Whether To Disclose Your Autism Diagnosis

So you may be thinking about seeking an autism diagnosis, or maybe you have just been diagnosed. This diagnosis maybe came as a "holy-cow-how-did-this-happen?" kind of shock. (I kept wondering how in the world I was just being diagnosed at the age of 44!) Maybe in addition to being a

Autism Awareness, Acceptance, or Action: Where Are We Really?

One of my contributions to Autism Awareness Month this year is going to be to take a look at where we really are. Are we working on awareness? Acceptance? Action? Maybe most importantly, I want to consider what happens when we do one without the others. Awareness, Acceptance, Action: Let’s Take Them One

The Most Important Similarity between Accommodations and Competitive Advantage

In the world of issues like autism, ADD/ADHD, mental illness, physical illness/disability, terms like “504 plan,” “IEP,” and “accommodations” are commonplace. As a multi-outcome-single-tasker, however, I want to suggest that along that same vein should come the term “personal competitive advantage.” Why? Because the underlying skills needed to achieve both accommodations and a personal

Autism and Socialization: When Socialization is a Conscious Process

The Sociology Guide defines the process of socialization as “predominately an unconscious process by which a newborn learns the values, beliefs, rules and regulations of society, or internalizes the culture in which it is born.” I believed this notion when I learned it in college in Sociology 101; I have since developed doubts.

Lessons on Autism Acceptance from “The Princess and the Pea” (for Old and Young Alike!)

Autism Acceptance For the autism community, autism acceptance appears to be a distant goal. Because of my experiences and those shared with me by others, autism acceptance has become an important issue for me. Having only learned of my diagnosis 2 years ago at the time of this writing, I have so

The “Degree” of a High Functioning Autist May Reference a College Degree!

High Functioning Autism and College For those of you with high functioning autism who want to obtain a college degree there are some things I would like to share with you. This topic is near and dear to my heart. Having gone to public school, a state college and a private law school,

Autism and School: Down with the BLURB!!

School was hard for me. Super hard. It got easier, much easier, once I reached college, but the first twelve years - rough. Autism and School I made it clear through law school, but every moment of that process was tough. As I have already pointed out in one of my posts, for every text book

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