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Autism and Our Anti-Hierarchical World

Originally posted on An Intense World:
One of the main features of autism is the lack of a foreground/periphery differentiation. This is particularly noticeable in hearing, since we can become overwhelmed by background noises which we cannot filter out in order to focus on the foreground. For most people it is an automatic, natural thing…

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Cigar Topic: Gluten-Free Pairing Options and JNV Habano Box Press Review

Originally posted on The Inked Autist:
So a gluten-sensitive friend of mine made a comment along the lines of “you always make drink recommendations with your cigars, do you have an gluten free recommendations?” Actually yes I do. I myself tolerate gluten just fine (obvious as I drink copious amounts of beer and whiskeys of…

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Thinking about patterns of opposite extremes among autistic people | Autistic Hoya

About a year and a half ago, I posted this list of characteristics that seem to be much more common in autistic people (especially the more of them a person has) than in non-autistic people. But both while writing that list, and over many years of thinking, being with other autistic people, and learning about many of […]

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Asperger Syndrome – Penelope Trunk

Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism where the person has a high IQ but deficient social skills, among other things. That is actually a terrible summary of Asperger’s, but here’s a summary from Wikipedia. I have it, my son has it. My dad has it and my ex-husband has it. Many other people in […]

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Great Rock/Metal Albums of 1984: Slade- Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

Originally posted on 80smetalman's Blog:
Throughout the later half of the 1970s, Slade had been trying to break into the American music market but with little success. Back then, I heard the name but nothing more. However, in 1983, Quiet Riot covered their 1973 hit “Cum On Feel the Noise.” Once Americans realized that…

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But I’m an Adult! ADHD Myths, Stereotypes, and Truths

Originally posted on So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better:
Hello! Today we’re going to be looking at some of the myths and stereotypes that surround ADHD and the truths that lay beyond in this installment of Adulting With ADHD. In our last installment, we went over the basics of…

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Bully off! #autism

Originally posted on The other side:
I’ve recently been a target of an attempt at bullying. I didn’t think this could happen to me, so I’m writing because I want to help others feel safer and stronger. I found my experience shocking as it is many, many years since I felt such visceral fear, though with the right support I saw…