Your Autism Diagnosis: Privacy Versus Secrecy and Why It Matters

In my last few posts, I wrote about when and why you may want to disclose your autism to others. I feel like I want to clarify what I mean when I say that an autism diagnosis is your private information. So here's the deal: In my opinion, there is a tremendous

Managing the Invisible Costs of Autism and Mental Health Care

While there is no treatment for autism, those of you who follow along know that I have a definite strategy for managing it. You can check that out in my post, “My Strategy for the ‘Treatment’ of Autism.” In this strategy is the idea that you should treat everything else and

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

Working with Autism (Part I): Facing Down Discrimination

I started by writing what I thought would be a simple article about things that can make it harder for us (people with autism or autistics if you will) to succeed at work. Over the course of writing (and writing and writing), I realized that the post would have to be

I Stopped Masking My Autism and So Can You!

"Women with Autism Struggle with Imitation" Ever heard that one? Experts talk about our inability to imitate. Those same experts can't see past our chameleon-like efforts to diagnose us. They call us "chameleons," claim we "camouflage," or insist we are "masking" our autism. If it weren't so sad and ridiculous, the irony would make

10 Things You Experienced As an Autistic Woman (Plus 1 Thing You Hopefully Experienced)

10 Things You Probably Experienced If You’re an Autistic Woman You've heard that Autism doesn't exist in girls and women. Even as you stand there - a woman with autism. Huh. People believe you don't have autism if you make eye contact with them. Everything feels like it takes you more steps than when

I Just Learned I Have Autism. Where Do I Go from Here?

"I Have Autism" You play it over and over in your mind. "I have autism." "How did this happen?" you wonder. Kids have autism. Boys have autism. Full grown, adult women do NOT have autism, so how could you possibly have autism??? Yeah, your kids have it, maybe your hubby

6 Style Suggestions You May Want to Ignore If You Are A Woman With Autism

The World Cares Seriously, the world cares what you wear. I don’t know why, but it does. “Dress for success,” and all that. As a woman with Autism, I have little or no desire to be fashionable. I don’t have a desire to not be fashionable, I just prefer to be comfortable. While I

Autism and Sleep: Do You Sleep Like A Princess?

Autism and Sleep In a world where researchers have developed charts and tables for how much sleep you need, sleep becomes just one more place autists don’t fit in the box. I dislike generalizations, but for purposes of discussion they are so darn convenient. One of the generalizations about autists is that they struggle

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