Why seek adult diagnosis?, by M Kelter from Invisible Strings. After examining the questions people asked and their reasons for asking, he realised that the answers were the same- self-knowledge and better coping strategies.
Candi, from Neurodiversity is Magic blog, has written a descriptive explanation about Why Autistic People Stim. Reasons include hyper/hypo-sensitivity to sensory input, to communication frustration and/or pain, and because it’s calming/enjoyable. Each section contained a lengthy example to illustrate, which I found very helpful.
AspieAngles has written what I think is a sadly accurate article called “Nobody teaches us how friends should treat us“. While Autistic people are taught the specifics of how they can and should be good friends to others, they are not taught how friends should treat them, and she referenced a survey showing that almost half of all Autistic adults surveyed had been abused by someone they had considered a close friend.
This article by Lynne Soraya outlines how amazed she is about how much people who don’t share her sensory issues are able to “tune out” when shopping. I think it’s the longest and most descriptive description of sensory overload while shopping, and as she said- she’s an adult.
I believe that submissions for ASDay 2015 remain open for quite some time beyond Nov 1, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the blog for updates.
Neurodivergent K has written “I’m on your kid’s side too“- a short article encouraging parents to continue helping their children with sensory issues, communication etc, but to continue to advocate for a world in which the child is seen as whole *as she is*, and autism isn’t seen as a tragedy.
Stop, Look and Listen– It’s Autistics Speaking Day, by Lindsay. Sometimes people with disabilities need more space than people without disabilities- and that is also true of conversations. She gives examples of how and why conversations can be inaccessible- and has learned to ask people to wait.
Some great articles from ASDay 2014!
Autistic Ways of Reacting, by ischemgeek. Between delayed reactions, low emotional self-awareness, difficulties in finding words when strongly affected by emotion, and autistic shutdowns, the author’s reactions to life’s stressful situations is not neurotypical! She wants to see discussion and awareness of autistic reactions to stressful situations, leading to better support for autistic people.
Tardistic has written a funny post about the trinity of ASD, and has recommended some potential Patron Saints :).
These three articles were posted for Autistics Speaking Day 2013, and cover some interesting topics!
Sparrow Rose Jones (Unstrange Mind blog) writes about Autistic History Month. Celebrating Autistic history and culture, she writes about mainstream and community heroes, symbols, books, and historical tragedies and victories. A very interesting read!
Speaking from the shadows, by Nightengale of Samarkand on LiveJournal. The author discusses three reasons why she has chosen not to be openly autistic at work (she is a doctor)- disbelief, discrediting and tokenisation. She feels that she can currently advocate more effectively without having to wade through these issues first- and hopes to make her community and field a place where one day she can be openly autistic.
But what about those fluorescent lights? (Turtle is a verb blog). While social and communication issues are visible when interacting with others, stimming can be obvious, and issues with change can quickly become so- sensory issues are often invisible. The author outlines the effects of a fluorescent light, suggests some alternatives/accommodations- and appreciates the opportunity to discuss autism and sensory issues with people who enquire about the blue tinted glasses.