My autistic senses: #1 sound

autspicious

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!

Atypical 60

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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Putting In The Effort

Eclectic Autistic

I’ve written before about how much I’ve been enjoying my sociology class, and that enjoyment has continued as the semester has progressed. There are only three weeks left of classes, and while I’m looking forward to having a break, I’m going to miss this one. The readings were well chosen, and we’ve had some great discussions about them.

I haven’t liked my psychology class as much, but I attribute that primarily to the structure of it as an online class, and to frustrations with the textbook. It’s also a little too basic, given my earlier familiarity with a lot of the material; a psych class in high school got me hooked on learning about how humans work, and it’s been a fascination for me ever since.

That’s mostly because explicitly learning about this stuff has really helped explain so many things that didn’t make sense to me intuitively. I…

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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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