One of the hardest things when it comes to living my life is having to do things that adults do. While these sometimes may have a more intensive degree of intensity for an autistic person, many times it just takes getting out the door, and getting off to a right start.
Adulting: Defining Your Identity
As an autistic person who spent a great deal of their adulthood living under the same roof as their parents, I was never able to have a sense of who I was without my parents having some involvement, however as I am spending time being independent, I am developing my own identity.
Reasons Autistic People Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
TW/CW: This post has information about suicide and suicide prevention. For help 24/7, please call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
Wellness Wednesday: Mood’s Role in Wellness
I will have to admit for the better part of four years, not being coherent with my medication regimen has wreaked havoc with my mood stability constantly. This in turn makes life for me very volatile and as a result things lack in getting done and eventually the bottom falls out. I am slowly realizing that I need to get on track once and for all to have optimum wellness.
Adulting: Intrusive Thoughts
Having the comorbidity of Anxiety alongside being autistic can provide many challenges for me. One of those challenges I constantly battle is intrusive thoughts. These thoughts often pop into my headspace without warning and at times loop very much to the point they bring me down.
Adulting: Keeping Positive Energy
For the majority of my life, I could never see the positive of a situation. No matter what was presumed of a situation, I would bring up some sort of negative connotation or the worst thing about something that could be intended to be a nice day out.
Reflections: Mind Battles
As I get back to where I left off on my journey and finally being happy in the journey as an independent autistic man, I am learning that the things that were the cause of me declining, hitting rock bottom and slowly bouncing back to where I am today had a great deal of what was I allowed my mind to believe.
The Power of Making Things Right
Many times through the powers of social media the negativity of both employees and customers of fast food restaurants are seen at what can be best described as their breaking points. Many times the breaking point is generated by customers speaking in an elevated tone and demanding to have things made right or even something… Continue reading The Power of Making Things Right
Reflections: Restoring Autistic Burnout
NOTE: This is the second-half of a two part series on my recent discovery of Autistic Burnout. In yesterday’s Adulting post, I discovered some of the signs and what to do in order to practice restorative care for myself. Today, I share what I discovered as the best practices for me in order to restore my energy following periods of burnout.
Yesterday was what I call a "Hi-Lo Day" Hi-Lo Day It's been busy and fulfilling but it hasn't come without challenges. The feeling of wanting to give up. But realizing that you are valued for all the things you do and acknowledged for putting your talents to good use. Having to manage constant change and… Continue reading Hi-Lo Day
Don’t Give Up On Food.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity through a collaboration between my day program and the local community action concern to meet with the SNAP Nutrition Educator on a 1:1 basis to discuss my health needs.
Drumming Improves Behavior In Young People With Autism, Study Finds
by Shaun Heasley, via Disability Scoop | June 14, 2022 A new study suggests that playing the drums can help those with autism. (David Martin/Unsplash) Learning to play the drums could make a big difference for adolescents with autism, with new research finding that acquiring the skill leads to better emotional control and fewer behavior… Continue reading Drumming Improves Behavior In Young People With Autism, Study Finds
Being Patient and Blessed
One thing I have been told about the world we live in is that everything changes. What I also have to learn is the fact that I need to be patient and things will work out in one way or another if I let it do its magic.
Why and How to Start a Company as a Teenager
Most of the world's greatest entrepreneurs start at a young age. Whether running a neighborhood lemonade stand or selling handmade jewelry at the local coffee shop, those with an entrepreneurial spirit typically find an outlet.
Reflections: What I Didn’t Know Then
Recently, my parents were cleaning their house and brought to me some of my possessions. Some of these were some elementary school yearbooks that I had. Taking a look into one of them brought to light some discoveries about things that happened at the time, both good and bad that made me realize that I have been destined to be on the journey that I am on.
Movie Starring Actor With Autism Gets Nationwide Release
by Shaun Heasley, via Disability Scoop | March 11, 2022 Major Dodson, who has autism, stars in the new movie "Tyson's Run." (Collide Distribution) Autism is at the center of a new movie that’s opening in theaters across the country. “Tyson’s Run,” which stars an actor with autism, will be on over 400 screens starting Friday.… Continue reading Movie Starring Actor With Autism Gets Nationwide Release
People With Disabilities Segregated In Nursing Homes, Justice Department Alleges
by Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post/TNS | March 8, 2022 DENVER — Colorado isn’t doing enough to allow people with physical disabilities to live in the general community, effectively segregating them in nursing homes in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department laid out the allegations in… Continue reading People With Disabilities Segregated In Nursing Homes, Justice Department Alleges
Special: A Journey of Personal Growth
Lately, I have been on a journey of acceptance, discovery, and growth. It has been astonishing in the past few months how far I have grown into a man and discovering that what I am feeling and what I need to do to be well is possible and acceptable. I can no longer live in shame about what I have to do to stay well and be who I want to be.
Trauma Lingers For Students Who Experienced Repeated Seclusion And Restraint
FREDERICK, Md. — It was the first day of third grade, and James had been in school for 19 minutes.
Social Security Offices Expected To Reopen Soon
Social Security is targeting late March to reopen its local field offices. (Disability Scoop) For the first time in two years, Social Security offices nationwide are set to open their doors. The Social Security Administration is expected to reopen more than 1,200 field offices starting March 30 under an agreement reached this month with the… Continue reading Social Security Offices Expected To Reopen Soon