Tuesday, June 25, 2013
So what is this?
This is a group blog of adult autistics (and the occasional allistic disabled person) who are successful...ish...by a definition of successful that means 'comfortable in our own skins, having lives that we find fulfilling'. We are undeniably autistic, we have difficulties, and we are unafraid to talk about our difficulties-and the creative problem solving we use to work with them. Our messages here are that it is ok to be disabled, it is ok to be disabled and like yourself, and that the stories of ubersuccessful highly privileged autistic folks who had every advantage are not the only stories out there.
Some names may be familiar to you from other blogs. Some may not. Our stories are those of disabled people who don't see "disabled person" as an oxymoron and who truly live "different, not less". We are advocates or activists, we like ourselves, and we bring to you stories of life while disabled that are neither sugar coated nor dripping in tragedy.
We are like your child. Your child is like us. And we may have difficulties, we are disabled--but there is no denying that we are also awesome.
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Thank you for this. I am greatly looking forward to reading more from this blog.ReplyDelete
I also am looking forward to reading more from this blog! :) Awesome you ARE!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful!ReplyDelete
This is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Can't wait to read more!ReplyDelete
@Bev- Squawk is my son's verbal version of happy=flappy. <3 it
Patiently excited for this blog! Thank you!ReplyDelete
I am Age:62,Aspergers Syndrome,living quietly in my apartment in Worcester,Mass.ReplyDelete
Very good! Looking forward to discussions!ReplyDelete
As an autistic adult (26 years old, still living with my parents, on SSI, and wishing that I could find employment), I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing future posts on this blog. Thanks so much for starting it!ReplyDelete
I am looking forward to reading more. Thanks.ReplyDelete
kids need role models that are real and offer choices
Fantastic! Really happy to see this blog :-)ReplyDelete
Can't wait to read more!ReplyDelete
I have a Thing to post. Can't figure out how.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see more!ReplyDelete
Thank you for this... I am looking forward to reading more!ReplyDelete
Have added this blog to my blogroll! Yay!ReplyDelete
I am an autistic adult (36) with two children (5 & 7) also on the spectrum. I'd really love to become involved in this project. In my own life, when I see my son or daughter going through something, I can often very quickly suss out what could likely be going on (specific sense overload, struggling to find right social convention, etc) but my partner, who is neurotypical doesn't see it until I point it out. I think having gone through similar things myself makes it easier for me to identify. Anyway, I'm trying to share more and in ways that helps others, so if you have room for additional contributors to your blog, I'd love to be involved. I think this is a really fantastic idea.ReplyDelete
Look forward to seeing more! Is there a FB page for this blog where you link to new posts? That's the best way for me to keep up with blogs... and maybe I'm not alone?ReplyDelete
NT mom of ASD kid - this blog is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Can we ask questions to help better understand our children's thought processes or "quirks" (as we call them)? My daughter can't really answer questions. How can I "follow" this blog and get notifications when there are updates? Also...I can see myself in some of these stories, already familiar with similar confusions and anxieties - so I'll venture to say I'm a lot like you who are like my child. Maybe the only difference is the comfort I find in knowing I'm not alone and I draw coping capabilities in seeing how others are able to work it out. Wishing you each a very successful run with this forum.ReplyDelete
There is a fb page now:ReplyDelete
It will be going into the sidebar as soon as I figure out how. And that'll be the best place to contact us if people want to contribute, I think. For now anyway.
I am very excited! Thank you for this!ReplyDelete
Minor accessibility thing-- is there any way that the text color in this blog layout could be made a little bit darker (maybe #333333 instead of #666666)? The contrast against the background is a bit low as it currently is, and my eyes are having to strain somewhat to read it.ReplyDelete
(If not, I can always do a style sheet override on my end, but mainly mentioning this because I'm probably not the only one who finds it to be too low-contrast.)
I should be able to do that, yes. It's the default right now. And I actually am struggling with it too, but *MY* preferences are dark background light text, or else medium background dark text, so I got outvoted.Delete
Shall fix yes.
Much better now! Thanks.Delete
I am grateful that this blog has started. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Not only are you "like" my child, I hope he grows up to be like you: Strong, Empowered, and Engaged. Keep it up and thanks!ReplyDelete
Hello! Thank you very much for the blog. It is such a helpful resource for we parents who are trying to REALLY understand. May I post a link to this blog as a resource on a website I'm building? It's for parents/anyone and is a hub/doorway to autistic voices/blogs & neurodiversity parents/professionals.ReplyDelete
The site is still being built, and is a collaborative effort between myself and autistic blogger-friends (they're pointing me in the right directions :) I started a facebook page - Autistikids - links to autistic/neurodiversity resources (yours included)
Thanks for considering it, and thanks for sharing your experiences.