It can wait. Three simple words for over three years were hard to digest. As an autistic person, I experience the common traits of having a mind that is at times in constant overdrive. For two decades, I have been prescribed medication to help wind the brain down for the day and for other symptoms (irritability, aggression, etc.) that are used to help behaviors associated with autism. However, for the past three years, I continually flaunted disaster by skipping doses of this medicine because of my overdrive.
Month: October 2021
Behind the mask
Behind the mask hides the truth.While I wear the mask proudly to protect myself against the looming virus.I don't show what I really want to show.The toughness can be a good front.But in the sound mind I am tired.Tired of day after day in most cases.A full day of activity can absorb a great amount… Continue reading Behind the mask
Wellness Wednesday: Need More Than Want
As promised in Monday’s Adulting Post, I would specify greater with the need to have foods that I can control, rather than want to do it. While it can be hard to reprogram a body to learn new habits, it gets to the point that you realize that is more needed than wanted.
Kids’ Medical Records May Hold Clues To Autism Screening
New research points to a simple way to flag children at risk for autism that has the potential to cut the rate of false positives of traditional screening in half.
Tricks To Make Halloween A Treat For Kids With Special Needs
PITTSBURGH — When Katelyn Collins spotted a Harry Potter costume in August, she envisioned how perfect a lightning bolt would look peeking out from beneath her 7-year-old son’s Harry-like dark brown hair on Halloween night.
Disney Implementing Changes To Disability Access At Theme Parks
Eight years after overhauling its approach, Disney is once again rolling out a new system for accommodating visitors with disabilities at its theme parks.
NDEAM: Recognize the Needs of ALL, especially Disabled Workers in the Workplace
Contrary to popular belief, Autistic People want to work, fairly and equally. We oftentimes can show our struggles or deficits more than our talents. Also those with marginal, and other barriers to employment face constant roadblocks to be a contribution to society not as a backstage piece, but one who is seen in the community and is recognized for their efforts.
Adulting: The Know How of Surviving
When an autistic person or anyone with a disability moves out on their own, many times, they rely on the assistance of community help. Sometimes items in the supplement can contain food that doesn’t have directions for preparation of that item. This can make an autistic person or anyone who lacks such skills of preparing foods that should be known very confusing,
With Crossover Between Autism And Mental Health, Diagnosis Can Be Tricky
AUSTIN, Texas — Is this autism? Is this anxiety? ADHD? Depression? A behavioral disorder? For parents of kids with autism, often the answer in day-to-day life is a combination of those things.Recent studies show a strong link between autism and a mental health condition.
A Clean Home is A Happy Home
Somewhere, I can’t find the actual credit for this weeks’ feature blog post, but I truly believe that it is the honest to goodness truth. Being independent, when I get in the spurts of cleaning and making my home presentable to others, I am truly in my happy place because it is a task I can be proud of..
Intellectual Disability Won’t Stop Couple From Marrying
by Pam McLoughlin, New Haven Register/TNS | October 19, 2021 NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Sam Shwartz has an intellectual disability that requires help with life skills, but that didn’t stop him from getting down on one knee with a shiny diamond ring to pop the question to Kara Anglim in front of friends at Chapel Haven… Continue reading Intellectual Disability Won’t Stop Couple From Marrying
Public Comment Sought On Nation’s Autism Plan
Members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meet in 2014 in Bethesda, Md. (Isaac Kohane/Flickr) Federal officials are looking for feedback from the public as a key panel works to update the government’s autism agenda for the first time in years. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a group of government officials and members of the… Continue reading Public Comment Sought On Nation’s Autism Plan
Wellness Wednesday: Keeping Up The Fight
Back to the wellness department, I honestly have to say in both regards of physical and mental wellness the fight has been hard to keep burning. I know it is the right thing to do, but the inner voices keep thinking that going off-course would be a better idea, although I mentally revisit the points that don’t make it so good.
Autism-friendly Halloween tips
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Halloween can be thrilling and fun, but for many kids with autism it can be very overwhelming. Stephanie Ward from Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers joined FOX21 New… Source: Autism-friendly Halloween tips
NDEAM: The Benefits of Having an Autistic Employee
Being autistic, I have worked in many capacities at most points since I was 18 years old. At some intervals prior, I was volunteering in my community. My parents instilled being autistic was not an excuse to be a couch potato. I needed to do something in my life, no matter if it was only part-time, I was not to be stagnant in the house or be attracted to the computer full-time.
Adulting: Phobias of Needles
Autistics have multiple phobias of doing things mainly brought forth by induced anxiety. Throughout childhood, this fear resonated deep within me and even today I have some unquenched fears before getting an injection or blood draw. However, I have slowly understood that these events are a necessary function of life that must be undertaken for my health.
Promising Autism Treatment Falls Short, Study Finds
A naturally occurring hormone that’s been prescribed to many children with autism under the thinking that it could boost sociability does not in fact make any difference, according to a large new government-funded study.
Social Security, SSI Benefits Will Increase By Largest Amount In Decades
People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and other Social Security benefits are set to see the biggest rise in their monthly payments since 1982.
Family and Ally Voices DO Matter
In the past few years the hashtag and theme of #actuallyautustic have been more present than ever. While for decades the voices of autistics have been dialed down. We must remember that autistics come from many walks of life and sometimes need the voice and support of their family and/or related allies in one’s journey. Therefore, I feel it is important that all voices in one’s journey may need to be heard.
Wellness Wednesday: Just Like Starting Over
I just don't understand why every week I am presented with challenges about being accountable to the scale at the weight loss meeting and the need of understanding the dynamics of how food results in what you weigh. Being too judgemental can be detrimental in ensuring that a weigh-in is successful no matter the outcome along with the need to be actually trying to lose weight.