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
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
Have you ever felt just totally defeated when you were in a time of crisis, or maybe every day felt like a crisis? Or maybe you have found yourself telling a friend or family member you just could not keep going the way you were going. You were tired, stressed, done. I have totally
Autism and Employment Many autistic people with whom I speak express concern about working or about their loved one with autism working. All too frequently, they cite the difficulty of themselves or their autist in school. Just like college was easier for me than high school, some of my jobs proved easier than school.
Some of the traits listed here are highly visible and commonly associated with high functioning autism. Others may be invisible to the outside observer, but I think most of you autists will see yourselves here. These traits often develop as a result of the effort required for a high functioning autist to exist in a neurotypical
I Don't Love Meetings When employed, I have to drag my autistic self to meetings at work. I could love meetings, but I don’t. I could love them if they were efficient, productive and to the point. But they aren’t, so I don’t. I could also love meetings if everyone came prepared, had a
I Had Learned a Lot about the World... Making decisions without information can easily result in making wrong or at least less than optimal decisions. I made major life decisions without a critical piece of information - the truth underlying the difference between myself and others. (You can read about how I got my diagnosis