I Have Asperger's

The unique perspective of the world through the eyes of a girl with Asperger's Syndrome

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Looking Back: My First Radio Interview

Posted by Admin on July 30, 2015 at 8:40 AM

After looking (or listening) back on my first autism interview EVER, it’s amazing to think just how much has changed.  I can remember the excitement of someone being interested in what I had to say for the very first time.  I can also remember being SO cautious about privacy that I specifically asked if I could remain somewhat anonymous (to the point that I went by my dog’s name, Sadie!)  Of course, by now I’ve been in the newspaper, on TV, all over the intern...

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Lining Things Up

Posted by Admin on June 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM

When I was a young kid, I used to line up my stuffed animals and toys.  Nobody asked me why I did this, because I didn't do it all the time.  However, I actually had a journal of the patterns I would create so that I wouldn't forget them.  I had lines, but I also had circles, triangles, squares, etc.  To me, though, they weren't JUST about lining things up.  It was about order and rules. 

 

See, on the bus, we might have had ass...

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I Am Human

Posted by Admin on June 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM

We are one.  All of us.  We are so much more alike than we think.

Maybe some of us have repetitive behaviors.  Maybe some of us are amazing at specific subjects.  Perhaps some of us are hypersensitive to things.  And maybe some of us are more this way than others.  But we are all still human.  We each have feelings.  We laugh, we cry, we live.  We each have a purpose.

It's truly N...

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Worthless Woman

Posted by Admin on April 18, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Sometimes I feel like a worthless woman.

Just sitting around, getting nothing done.

I cry tears of shame, over work unimportant.

Then smile in public, and pretend to have fun.

 

Maybe I'm not meant to get anywhere.

Perhaps I shouldn't be aiming so high.

Seeing so many others shine brighter than stars.

And here I am, I just try to get by.

 

I don't have much money, but time is well spent.

It's not like I ha...

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Love Will Keep Us Together

Posted by Admin on February 25, 2015 at 8:20 AM

I think I may know why the autism community can't get along. It's the same reason why we get along SO well at other times. And no, it's not because of autism.

 

I think the reason why the autism community - full of parents and people on the spectrum themselves - just can't seem to unite is because of love. The love for our children and the love for our friends. This love is so strong that, while it brings us together to find help for each other, it also tears us apart.

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Communication Books

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

I just LOVE making these communication books to help others to communicate.  Each one is customized to the individual.  The book itself is durable and holds up to 240 picture cards.  The picture cards are laminated and have Velcro attached. 

While I would love to give these books away for free, I would go into debt due to the cost of material fees.  So that's all I charge for them: The cost of materials (and shipping/handling).  At just $45 per book (...

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My Non-Verbal Day

Posted by Admin on January 4, 2015 at 8:55 AM

“Goodnight, Benson! I love you, boy,” I had said to my hamster. It was the last thing I said out loud for the next 24 hours.

 

I decided to go non-verbal for a day. While I’m on the autism spectrum myself, I’ve always been verbal. I wanted to get a glimpse of what it might be like not to be able to speak, as some others on the spectrum experience. Of course, choosing not to talk isn’t exactly the same thing as being completely non-verbal. ...

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Comments

Posted by Admin on December 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I usually like to respect everyone’s opinions, which is why I encourage comments.  I like to think I have an open mind and I made a decision that I wouldn’t censor any comments simply because I didn’t agree with what the poster said.  Unfortunately, when someone has Asperger’s like I do, this black and white thinking can get in the way, and I don’t easily recognize when someone has crossed the line between disagreeing and personally attacking or cybe...

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Speak For Yourself!

Posted by Admin on November 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I'm getting tired of others speaking for me. Whether they are groups like Autism Speaks or individuals on the spectrum themselves like Carly Fleischmann or Temple Grandin. I have noticed that when many people (not all, but many) talk about autism, they tend to talk about everyone on the spectrum instead of just themselves or an individual. I've seen a lot of people say "This is how we feel." or "Treat us this way!" rather than saying "In my experience" or "I personally feel". The reason I...

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Dealing With Bullies

Posted by Admin on August 11, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Bullies are difficult to handle when you are in school, and especially on the spectrum.  But I was able to find a way to get through it.  Basically, I had to remember that what they said or did that was mean wasn't important.  I kept telling myself not to sink to their level....but inside I would come up with hilarious comebacks to their taunting.  (NEVER said them out loud.)  Just knowing that I had the comebacks made me feel smart and stronger and I knew that what t...

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The Autism Community

Posted by Admin on June 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM

This photo....this "word cloud", in my opinion, represents the autism community.  Or, at least, it represents the IDEAL autism community.  I asked a simple question to those I know in the autism community: Describe in ONE WORD what you are advocating for.  As you can see, some of the words seem to be polar opposites of each other.  What I love even more is that the word "acceptance" was placed right next to the word "cure".  Why do I love this?  Because I truly f...

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#InMyOpinionFlashBlog2014

Posted by Admin on June 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

A few weeks ago, I saw a blog post featured by The Autism Onion that caught my attention. It was titled “Speak For Yourself…”. And, as a self-advocate for my life on the autism spectrum, I was initially annoyed. I figured it would be yet another person talking about some organization that they disagreed with. Finally, I decided to read it. Boy had I been wrong! Instead, it talked about how too many advocates themselves were speaking for others.


This ...

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TEDx Talk The Natural Rhythm of Stimming

Posted by Admin on April 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Here is a video of my latest presentation!  Check it out!


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Reading Update

Posted by Admin on February 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I think I've finally figured out my issue with reading....AND I am starting to read better again!  My issue is with my reading speed.  I really enjoy reading things quickly.  Sometimes, though I read it TOO quickly, and I miss words or even skip an entire line.  This is sort of like trying to have a conversation on a cell phone with REALLY bad reception.  I can read some of it, but without reading enough of the material I lose the context.  This makes me have to ...

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Vocal Stimming

Posted by Admin on January 22, 2014 at 6:35 AM

I think this blizzard has gotten to me.  I've noticed that I started some vocal stimming.  My vocal stimming usually consists of CONSTANTLY stating my thoughts out loud without thinking it through (even if they don't make sense).  It also usually includes a lot of scripting.  (Scripting is when you repeat things you've heard or seen, and it's often word for word.)  I can be alone or with others when I do this.  I didn't even realize that I had any vocal stims unt...

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Trash or Recycling

Posted by Admin on December 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

While growing up, I remember many times where I would see a picture of a large bin with a person putting a piece of garbage into it.  Or I would see a picture of people separating items to their appropriate recycling containers.  I walk by trash cans every day.  I hear the trucks coming to collect it every week.  I know what to do with trash at these times.  

 

But when it comes to everyday life, I have no clue.  At least not right away...  ...

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Autism Awareness Duct Tape Bracelets 2014

Posted by Admin on December 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

In 2012, I sold enough of these to buy an iPad and military grade screen protector and case for a class of kids with autism.

In 2013, I sold enough of them to provide a $1,200 scholarship for children with autism to attend a program at The Arc of Chester County, called ABBLE.

For the year of 2014, the money from the sales of these bracelets will continue to go towards the ABBLES program at The Arc of Chester County.

P...

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Reading

Posted by Admin on December 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I remember being a young child and seeing the Inquirer or the Times, and thinking to myself "How will I ever be able to read that?"  It looked so overwhelming with so much text, no pictures, and giant words that I couldn't understand.  I thought I would be stuck reading children's books forever.


I didn't understand the fact that it's okay to want to read children's books.  It's okay to enjoy pictures and not have an interest in tiny print.  What I di...

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What Airplane Safety Instructions Can Teach Us About Everyday Life

Posted by Admin on November 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

If you have ever been on a plane before, you are probably very familiar with the instructions for using the oxygen mask in case of an emergency.  However, the importance is not just in the oxygen mask itself, but the ORDER in which the instructions are given.  Look carefully at this photo. 


 

The key is in step three.  "Put on your oxygen mask."  THEN step four "Assist the...

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Speaking

Posted by Admin on November 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

For some reason, no matter how much I try to say that speaking can be physically difficult to do, people don't believe me.  So let me try using an example.  Not everyone will be able to relate to this, but my hope is that enough people will understand.


Some of you may have played the game "Scattergories" before.  If you haven't, run out and buy it or order it so that you can truly understand what this experience is like.  Trust me, it's the best example I...

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