This week, I have been going through some personal struggles and as such reached out to one of my support workers for wisdom, my one support worker I reached out to in my time of struggle has been encouraging for over a year to remain consistent with blogging and it has developed to the weekly series we have today on here. However, he suggested that for my open topic this week that I share with my community what I define happiness as, since I have been struggling with it a lot recently and a sense of belonging.
Xavier DeGroat is a nonpartisan autism advocate who is making a difference for autistic people. Source: Xavier DeGroat: the First White House Intern Diagnosed with Autism
Zoom says it is enhancing its service in order to be more accessible to users with disabilities.
As predicted from yesterday’s post, it warmed up today in Southwestern Pennsylvania, more than expected. We experienced highs in the sixties and as I am writing this post in the early evening, a cold front has crossed the area and we are for now in the fifties. Having good skies as I mentioned yesterday helps with boosting mood as well as having clear ground to look at. It is certainly helping my mood; however, I am too realizing the need to be active as an matter of life or death.
This winter has been one for the books not only in here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but across the United States as well as across the pond. For us here we have had weather that I haven’t experienced in almost a decade, at least of continuous pattern, add a National Health Emergency, and that tops the feeling of isolation even more. As I am writing this post, I feel with the citizens of Texas right now, as I do know what it is like to experience many winter events. Yes, I know you are not used to it and your government does not have the equipment necessary for restoring services. I too have at times been without life’s essentials
It is what got me through, more so with "Dancing In the Dark", mainly by it being so minimalistic and low-key because it is what I needed to mellow out to the start of the day. Again there were other songs that got me ready, but not like any other.
Moms of parents with special needs. These moms deserve all the credit they can get. They are usually the first one to step up to bat for their child and make sure that they get what they need, especially when they cannot be in their presence. They oftentimes want to make sure that they have their place in society and in the world.
I have been doing a lot of reflection this week on autism and the things I do to get by on a day to day basis. While certainly no one is perfect, nor is there one fix all to todays societal problems with autistic individuals such as myself, I personally feel like one thing is in common with us…We just want to fit in.
Most of 2020 and gearing into 2021 we have had a great deal of change to routine. To the autistic community, this can be perceived as a nightmare. I hear of many individuals and families struggling and not being able to do the things that they can do pre-COVID. It stresses many and leads to autistic burnout, meltdown and shutdown. There are many that learn to adapt, however some have the inability to do that.
This week has been one of those weeks. What has happened has. I personally experienced when things don’t go our way and how we as autistics have to improvise and make do with the moments and resources we have. We have to “grin and bear” with reality and face what we sometimes find as unpleasant. Especially in a time of pandemic, this can be hard on the autistic person and can pose challenges for them and those that care for them.