Professional Dependence

For most of my life since being a pre-teen, I have had some involvement with mental health services. Some I have aged out, Some became no longer beneficial and some are expected to be life long or decades in existence. As such, dependance on the professionals providing us these services has to be a fine line of problem-solving that must be completed with what is modeled to us first before we have to go to them with some miniscule complaint that we have.

Wellness Wednesday: Understanding the Importance of Sleep

One of the common issues that autistic individuals face is the ability to sleep. I am no casualty of this and for many years have struggled with the ability to procure a good night’s sleep. However, now as an adult I find it imperative that it is essential to do so in order to function through life.

Social Security, SSI Benefits Expected To Increase Significantly

by Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop | June 28, 2022 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries could see their monthly payments rise again next year by the largest amount in decades, experts say. Thanks to growing inflation, the automatic cost of living adjustment, or COLA, that benefits recipients receive annually could be much larger than usual. … Continue reading Social Security, SSI Benefits Expected To Increase Significantly

Reflections: When the Internet goes out, What do you do?

A few weeks ago, central service lines to a neighboring broadband provider were severed, thus incapacitating broadband and TV services for a majority of the county in which I reside.There have also been instances of power outages in order to upgrade services in some areas in recent weeks. Although I have been mostly spared by these outages, I have begun to think as many autistics are technology dependent for the sole purpose of entertainment and information, it is imperative to have a “back-up” plan should that ever happen.

The Importance of Natural Supports

Last week, as part of many of my mental health services, I had to undergo my assessment as part of re-establishing goals for the services I receive. In one assessment, one of the questions that frequently appeared was what was identified as ‘natural supports’. Until some years ago, I lacked this in many ways. In fact, it takes courage sometimes as an autistic person to seek out someone to be a natural support and be able to maintain that contact.

Wellness Wednesday: Learning New Eating Practices

Inflation has been astounding in recent weeks. Food and Gas prices are soaring and presently there is no end in sight. I can look out my window and see the effects of this happening frequently and as such it can be hard to accept. However, I am thankful for the resources that I am provided to make sure that I am fed and taken care of.

Adulting: Special Interests and Limits

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to re-ignite some of the special interests that I had from many years ago, but somehow slipped away from being independent. As I am now in a good spot mentally and need something to engage my mind as I am having increasingly more space time, I am learning that I am once again picking up on more of my special interests that I had minimally been engaging since being independent.