Penn Highlands Connellsville Hospital
A Journal Entry

Set Your Mind

Today has been quite the dayI woke up and my phone fell off my body and crashed on the floor.It would shortly become inoperable.I reached out to tech support and learned that while the phone was under warranty, it would require either going to the repair center an hour away and waiting for it to… Continue reading Set Your Mind

The Route 43 Searights Mainline Toll Barrier of the Mon-Fayette Expressway
Open Topic

When Things Don’t Go My Way!

One common misconception or stereotype when an autistic person exhibits behaviors is that they are having a ‘temper tantrum’ when they do not get the things they want. While this is not always the case and is often confused for a meltdown, when things do not go the way we want them to or when hiccups occur in our daily processes, it can set us back and ultimately result in a tantrum,

A Journal Entry

Maybe They’re Right

Life seems to be easier now. Maybe because I have listened to what everyone has told me all my life. Maybe I shouldn’t have brushed off their words with harsh statements. I just couldn't see the benefits of what they were telling me to do. Or maybe I had to learn what to do my… Continue reading Maybe They’re Right

Open Topic

Because of Being Autistic

Growing up, I was always told never to use my challenges as an excuse or rely on others to solve my problems as a “crutch.” However as the evolution of autism has evolved over the years, I am discovering that many of life’s struggles are indeed because of being autistic. 

Acceptance and Awareness, Autism News

Airports Work To Help Those With Autism, Other Hidden Needs

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Getting to the airport, through security to the gate and on the plane can be stressful for anyone. But it can be especially challenging for people with dementia, autism or other disabilities that may not be apparent to those around them.

Handicap Parking
Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect

Disability Pride Is Not Entitlement

32 years ago in the United States, then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect those with disabilities from discrimination. While many think being disabled has to be visible to the naked eye, it most certainly does not and while it can be easy to pass judgment when not being able to easily see the disability, it proves that we don’t have to know the specific disability but must honor the request that is being made.

Olive Garden
Acceptance and Awareness, Autism Acceptance Month, Dignity & Respect, Education, Equality, Independence

Reflections: Accepting Autism

For the month of April and Autism Awareness / Acceptance Month, I have been writing on how the acceptance of the autistic community has increased in the 23 years since I received my diagnosis under the autism spectrum. This past week, I learned that even more acceptance has been seen, but yet we still have a ways to go.