In case you’re not a (piece of a) puzzle… (update 1)

I know for a fact, that many Neurodivergents, weren't really happy about what has become the public logo-face of Autism, the "puzzle piece". And I was wondering what in the world could have been its 'source of inspiration', since besides the sometimes puzzling effect the presence of a Neurodivergent has upon Neurotypicals, our lives are … Continue reading In case you’re not a (piece of a) puzzle… (update 1)

Third of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Escape Artist, from the World into my Box…

"3) We are escape artists. We know how to escape. It’s the way we survive this place. We escape through our fixations, obsessions, over-interest in a subject, our imaginings, and even made up reality. We escape and make sense of our world through mental processing, in spoken or written form. We escape in the rhythm … Continue reading Third of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Escape Artist, from the World into my Box…

“autism: […] the future of our society depends on our understanding it.”

Over a lifetime spent with mostly futile attempts to drift with the flow, I've discovered a mostly disturbing quality of my mind, namely the "finding the needle before seeing the haystack" capability, which made me a persona non-grata at meetings where those having an interest in hiding matters, oftentimes forbade me of taking notes, or … Continue reading “autism: […] the future of our society depends on our understanding it.”

#Autistic canaries in the neurotypical coal mines – World Autism Week

I CAN Be Autistic

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Woo hoo! World Autism Awareness Week is now officially underway. It goes from today till the 2nd of  April, whereupon Autism Awareness Month picks up and rolls on through the month of April.

So, yeah, big trigger warning for lots of us.

A lot of folks say that we don’t need autism awareness, we need autism acceptance. I think we need both. People outside the neurodiversity community are so woefully behind the times, so vexed and misled by inaccurate, flawed, harmful, dangerous information about this “epidemic”… I’m fine with all the awareness we can get.

‘Cause we’re not there yet.

Not even close.

There’s always that talk about how autism is a source of suffering, and I’d just like to say a few things about that. Autism is NOT a source of suffering. Our environment is — sensory and social.

The obnoxious scents. The…

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Second of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Overwhelmed Innocence

"2) We are innocent, naive, and honest. Do we lie? Yes. Do we like to lie? No. Things that are hard for us to understand: manipulation, disloyalty, vindictive behavior, and retaliation. Are we easily fooled and conned, particularly before we grow wiser to the ways of the world? Absolutely, yes. Confusion, feeling misplaced, isolated, overwhelmed, and … Continue reading Second of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Overwhelmed Innocence

First of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Extreme Intelligence

Driven, probably by the systemising neuro-biology of my brain, I'm constantly looking for an organised understanding of facts, where "the three…", "the seven…" or "the ten…" somethings, constantly attract my semantic mind. On such a fortunate occasion, I have found Samantha Croft's -now former- blog, Everyday Asperger's. In her new website's own words, "Samantha Croft, … Continue reading First of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Extreme Intelligence

The Asperger Individualism

Throughout my life and modest literary endeavours, I firmly acknowledged the supreme primacy of detail before the whole, for reasons too obvious to state… Nevertheless, since discovering that I live with Asperger's on the neuro-divergent side of existence, I realised that the term autism was coined from the Greek autos which means self, as an … Continue reading The Asperger Individualism

Amazing traces…

Please watch before reading, and listen while you read: The Idan Raichel Project - Hakol Over (Everything passes) I need you to dream the colour of spaces, the time between midnight, tomorrow and trees, I beg you to fathom amazing traces, layers of clouds returning to seas… I dare you to picture small shells of … Continue reading Amazing traces…

Abandoned eagles…

A flow of matter, crossing bridges paved with idle rivers, of constant wars between no sides, for kings and kingdoms rather old… How bitter all the odds, when knights die young and simply for no reason, alone with horses mourning by their sides, while all the humble flowers of each season, spell intricate mementoes on … Continue reading Abandoned eagles…

If the world was built for me

Autism and Expectations

If the world was built for me. There would be nothing wrong with me. I would be happy and safe and certain and successful.

If the world was built for me, when I met people there would be no expectation of physical contact or small talk. We may ignore each other, with a socially acceptable nod, or throw ourselves into a deep and meaningful conversation.

If the world was built for me, then we would all sit next to each other, not opposite. Things would be based on literal words, not guessed expressions and gestures.

If the world was built for me, there would be a compulsory day off for everyone after any social event. Just so we could all take the time to recharge and process things.

If the world was built for me, work would be about working and nothing else. There wouldn’t be the necessary interaction that…

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