My autistic senses: #1 sound


An aspect of autism that I didn’t know until I first researched it was the sensory experience, and I imagine this is something that most people are unaware of. We see autism first and foremost as a social impairment with the sensory difficulties as a very occasional afterthought. Now however, I have realised the way I process the world around me is a lot more prescient than how I relate to other people. Since my diagnosis I’ve come to understand the way I move through the world, the physicality of being autistic, and, more importantly, I’ve been able to put in measures to help manage it. I don’t have an official diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder; it was intimated in my assessment and to get it on paper I’d have to go private. Besides, knowing that sensory things are an issue for me seems to be enough.

Having thought about…

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Shhhhh! Don’t Tell Anyone—But I’m Glad Thanksgiving is Over!

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Seriously.  Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday.  As much as I would love to have been the perfect hostess on this favored family day, it’s always been quite dysfunctional for me.

As much as I would love to imagine me as the perfect Thanksgiving Hostess.  It’s just not meant to be!

Growing up, Thanksgiving is a fleeting memory.  My dad was a New York City police officer and there were many Thanksgivings when he worked and on those Thanksgivings, the meal was eaten so fast that it was akin to a food eating contest at Coney Island.  On other more “normal” Thanksgiving, we would share the meal with my grandparents.

THIS was more of a Normal Rockwell illustration of Thanksgiving with my family when we were growing up.  30 seconds to finish the meal.  I’m not kidding.

And eventually by meal’s end, one of us would end up fighting…

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Contributor Covenants and Codes of Conducts

Ryan Boren

There are codes of conduct for contributing to the open source foundations of the internet. Some of the biggest, most notable projects require adherence to the Contributor Covenant. The covenant is widely used and representative of an emerging consensus on codes of conduct for collaboration. The covenant is compatible with structural ideologyrestorative practices, neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and real life. It acknowledges pipeline problems and the meritocracy myth.

With #MeToo#ChurchToo, #ShulToo, and #EmptyThePews revealing pervasive abuse, harassment, and misconduct, more companies, churches, shuls, schools, and institutions need contributor covenants. We need to teach inclusive collaboration in K-12 and from the pulpit. We must stop raising GamerGaters who reject inclusion and pluralism. They destroy teams, communities, and democracy.

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making…

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After Thanksgiving: Time of Rest

Cambria's Big Fat Autistic Blog

You know, it’s hard to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. What’s even harder is when the person who cooks Thanksgiving dinner decides to turn immediately around and try to put up Christmas the very next day. As I write, I have not finished my own decorating. The outside decorations and the tree are not up yet, but the rest of it is – and I mostly did the work on Saturday. Why? Because I needed to rest. No, I did not start decorating until it was almost evening on Friday, because I had to rest from Thanksgiving. To give you an idea of what I did, I counted the dishes this year, and I had fifteen. That’s right, the turkey came with a platoon. It’s the only way my mother and I know how to cook Thanksgiving. That’s even with cutting back a few dishes. So, with all the cutting, dicing…

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