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Know thyself [Mental Health Monday]

Originally posted on the silent wave:
There’s been a revival of the self-diagnosis debate as it pertains to the Asperger’s/autism spectrum on social media (three guesses as to which platform, but you’ll probably only need one). I wasn’t surprised by who started it, but I am surprised by who agreed with them. The topic is…

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Autistics Against Autism Speaks | A Civil Rights Movement

Published on Jan 12, 2017   In 2005 Autism Speaks was founded to find a “cure” for Autism. The organization launched a massive wave of Fear Porn-styled advertising to raise an incredible amount of money in a very short amount of time. #fact | Autism is a brain neurotype – not a disease. It can’t be […]

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‘How are you?’ is a loaded question 

Originally posted on the silent wave:
On any given day, I can be ecstatic. ? Or caught in the clutches of insatiable curiosity. ?Or I feel the weight of exhaustion. ?I might only want to tuck myself away from the world with the building of a virtual cocoon. ?I can feel hyposocial, where people are…

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Autistic Bilingualism

Originally posted on Autism and Expectations:
I’m bilingual My first language is English. It’s what my parents spoke at home, my first words and thoughts were English. I learnt Welsh when I went to Ysgol Feithryn (nursery). I would have been about two. It carried on into a first-language Welsh primary school, and then a…

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The Preamble

Originally posted on Finally Knowing Me: An Autistic Life:
I have become increasingly conscious over the last few weeks that there is a significant part of my “autistic journey” still absent from this blog. I’m also conscious that I have so far erred on the side of pointing out some of the inadequacies of services…

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Neurodivergent Rebel – Learning How to Drive

Originally posted on Neurodivergent Rebel:
I consider myself a mostly competent driver nowadays, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact, learning to drive was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. I needed my independence as a teenager. I’ve never lived in a city where not having a car works. Even now,…

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How to Overcome a Poverty Mindset