The Autistic Front | #DontFailDale [17.12.21]

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Remember Dale? . . .

Dale was restrained for 6 minutes and is now suffering trauma and fears school. It’s no longer a safe space for him.

Dale’s parents have struggled with the school system for IEP compliance, and other matters unacceptable for their child’s education.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating to see if Dale’s civil rights were violated. Two of the staff have been disciplined.

Mom & Dad to Dale have been fighting to get heard, and getting pushback.

Recently attempts to get the story covered in the local newspaper went denied.

“It seems nobody cares about Autistics.” – Michael Adams, Father

The parents were able to get TV news coverage, but were still being rebuffed by the newspaper’s reporter.

That is … 

Until yesterday.

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Because of Mom and Dad’s strong activism the newspaper has now printed Dale’s story.

And Dale is starting to get heard.

#dontfaildale

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The Autistic Front | #DontFailDale [17.12.21]

https://youtu.be/DEdzVGwmPO8 Remember Dale? . . . https://youtu.be/KcJaJiI4Acs Dale was restrained for 6 minutes and is now suffering trauma and fears school. It’s no longer a safe space for him. Dale’s parents have struggled with the school system for IEP compliance, and other matters unacceptable for their child’s education. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating … Continue reading The Autistic Front | #DontFailDale [17.12.21]

Am I Just Fucked?

Poetry Of An Aspergian

I don’t have anxiety

I become afraid when you’ve caught me in sin

I can stare you in the eye

I do it to your girls every night

I can hold a conversation

because the people I watch most don’t speak

I don’t gain weight

I lose my strength with every release

I don’t pray

My hands are always clasped together

when you’re not looking

when you are

I just need to do it quick, just one more time

look how far I’ve fallen

I lay with the vagabonds

and call them father

I grope the rank, stretched pussies of whores

at least, in my mind

for a night

multiplied by eleven years

I’ve forgotten hope and horror

faith and fear

just let me gaze your naked scars

that’s all I want for Christmas this year

I don’t need a real woman

I just need a link

I don’t need…

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The neurotypical mask

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We all spend a good chunk of our lives putting on a metaphorical mask for the world around us. Relatable, right? You wear an “I’m fine” mask when you are dying inside. Or an “ideal version of me” mask when with people you can’t quite be open with. Or an “I’m in control of my life” mask when you suddenly realise you are an adult…

Or a “neurotypical” mask, as an Asperger person in a world of neurotypicals. That is, non autistic people.

This past week has not been the best. Having got a packaging job the week before, I turned up for day two and was sent home for not working fast enough on day one. Ouch. And it’s at times like this that my neurotypical mask keeps slipping.

Let me explain.

With my mask, I can listen to someone without breaking eye contact to look at…

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Learning From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog

This month marks close to eight months of learning to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help combat my anxiety, my therapist and made the decision to take some time off so that I could work on my health. Still, every day I apply everything that I have learned and are still applying them today. So I wanted to share one of the things that I have learned.

One thing I have learned is called “Nonjudgemental Focused Emotional Awareness” associated with mindfulness breathing.

The point of this exercise is to see how you do at not judging the thoughts that come through your head while you are focusing on your breathing. In my own experience, it has been helpful to break down my thoughts into a spreadsheet that breaks down each session.

The practice asks for two-ten minute sessions of mindfulness breathing. It is never easy staying in the…

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