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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 26: post-meltdown rainbow/star stim-doodle

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 26: post-meltdown rainbow/star stim-doodle

This image is much more overtly a “doodle” than some of my others. I started it in a manager’s office at work, where I’d been give some space and time to recover from a severe crying meltdown in response to some bad news, delivered some six months ago. after a period of uncertainty.

I see it as being more of a stim than a piece of art. The repeated stars somewhat irregular in position

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 25: Weird Sisters

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 25: Weird Sisters

Another one from my little Moleskine book. Yet more horror/spooky connections, plus a nod to the literary.

I refer to a lot of these fineliner pen drawings as “doodles” because other than having a vague idea on my head about what I’m going to draw, I don’t really plan them, or sketch anything out beforehand. And I usually begin by drawing one area of the picture in detail, and “completing” this, before I move

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Blog:Stranger Darker Better- We Live to Dream…

Blog:Stranger Darker Better- We Live to Dream…

To dream of a better world

To dream the dreams that may seem impossible

We dream of a world free of prejudice and hate

A world where all people are treated with kindness and compassion

To dream of a world accessible to all bodies and minds

We dream of a future where children are raised with love

Childhoods free of violence

A world in which all people are free to live true to themselves

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Adjusting Society to Meet the Needs of People with Autism

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Adjusting Society to Meet the Needs of People with Autism

As we wind down April, the month of “light it up blue”, “autism awareness” and “autism acceptance”, I wanted to ponder the other side of the equation. At the beginning of the month, I talked about how those of us on the spectrum needed to represent ourselves. Now I want to look at what we really need from people who aren’t on the spectrum. 

As usual, the best way to answer that question is to pick

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 24: another 20-minute mindful paint in the park

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 24: another 20-minute mindful paint in the park

I stopped for 20 minutes painted this on the iPad on the way home from work last Thursday. It’s a good exercise in discipline to try and do art work within a tight timeframe — I prefer obsessing over detail, but I think it’s helpful to hone my skills of observation and composition, in particular, by dashing some stuff off very quickly. I also feel somewhat as if I’m laying myself bare by posting

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Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 2 (Pt 2) – #UnspokenPriceOfAutisticAdvocacy

Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 2 (Pt 2) – #UnspokenPriceOfAutisticAdvocacy

So, as mentioned in the last post, this post is focused entirely on our panel – First Voice Perspective – The Unspoken Price of Advocacy. Note that the panel was recorded, and I’ll be putting up a link to that recording when it goes live.

The panel consisted of myself, Corey Walker (from BC), Patricia George-Zwicker (from NS), Jackie McMillan (from ON) – all of whom were on the CAPP Advisory Group with me –

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I'm queen of the castle.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I'm queen of the castle.”

I’m shakily maintaining while adjusting to changes in the plan for my upcoming trip.  It’s happening in stages starting with a near complete meltdown and working back from there.  It feels like coming to an unexpected and abrupt halt after coasting quickly.  I guess I acquired a bit of whiplash.  I’ve spent a good part of today reasoning with myself, and have finally convinced myself it’s a mere speedbump.

I can do this. 

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Ableism in Society – Autism and Mental Illness

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Ableism in Society – Autism and Mental Illness

Last week my, children and I attended a traumatic brain injury symposium.  I attended for work purposes, but it ended up resulting in so much more.  If you have read my previous blogs, you would know that both my children and well as myself are autistic.  My daughter also has bipolar, more specifically, Juvenile or Early-onset Bipolar Disorder.  She was officially diagnosed when she was eight years old, two years before her Autism was officially

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 23: bonfire

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 23: bonfire

This is another image doodled in pen in one of my little Moleskine journals back in the autumn (fall) of 2017. But regardless of it not being bonfire season at the moment, there really is something about fire and flames that makes this worth sharing now.

I don’t light fires for fun.

But I find the intricate shapes and patterns caused by rising flames to be mesmerising and soothing. During the autumns and winters

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Damn this boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Damn this boi

So I spent Saturday with Boi and while I am loving what we have we do still have awkward moments as with any new relationship or dynamic. And then there are times when I am so excited by being with him that I adore our time together.

Friday night he messaged me that his friend had cancelled coming to spend the weekend with him and we decided in the morning to work out

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Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 2 (Pt 1)

Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 2 (Pt 1)

Day 2 of the CASDA Summit (Thursday April 19) started out on an interesting note. And by “started out”, I mean 1 am.

I spent the first two hours of the 19th working on the script for my portion of the “First Voice Perspective” panel – finishing writing it out, and then reading it out loud and making edits. (I spent from 1am to 2am doing the latter.) Then I managed to crash – for

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Three

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Three

Better late than never!

I added the bloggers I nominated for day 2 and now here is day 3, only one day late!

Thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. And yes I still hate these things.

DAY 3Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.4. Nominate

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 22: I feel too much, and I cry a lot.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 22: I feel too much, and I cry a lot.

Before I understood more and knew better, I didn’t see myself as autistic because I knew I felt empathy. Tonnes of it. So much so that I can barely cope with reading or watching the news. I’m particularly affected when I read about, hear about, or witness the abuse or suffering of any being who is vulnerable.

I’m finding this month difficult. I’m keeping social media, and Autism Awareness Month, at arms’ length. But

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Blog:tagaught- Jetpack “Like” Button Issue

Blog:tagaught- Jetpack “Like” Button Issue

It turns out that there’s some kind of bug in the connection between WordPress 4.9.5 (CA_EN version) and the Jetpack “Like” button setting, so I have removed that from my site for the moment, and contacted Jetpack support about it. Once that gets fixed, I will remove this post and return the Like button.

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Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 1 and Self-Care

Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Day 1 and Self-Care

First day of the CASDA Summit of 2018 (Wednesday April 18). Woke up earlier than I meant to, which was irritating. Read an article from the Ottawa Citizen written by Senator Jim Munson, and got upset about some of the terminology used. (He saw my tweet, and apologized both on Twitter and in person, I definitely have to respect that.)

Got to the summit place (same place as last year, the Shaw Centre, which is

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 21: I stopped for 20 minutes on the way to work and painted a cherry tree.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 21: I stopped for 20 minutes on the way to work and painted a cherry tree.

I deliberately lengthen my walk to work these days so I can take myself through a couple of parks and get a little bit of nature before I set foot in the office. And I’ve resolved to use painting and drawing as a method for mindfulness, given that I’m the kind of person who struggles to keep still long enough to do a seated meditation – to stop off and try and capture something

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Kramer, there's no way you're sleeping with me.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Kramer, there's no way you're sleeping with me.”

My role at work is now a text-only advisor.  Yay.  I’m preparing for my next trip, but I haven’t yet picked a date.  One of my reasons for visiting my sister is to pass on things I no longer want.  She’ll pass along what doesn’t interest her to other relatives.  She’s got five adult kids, (the oldest a year older than me.)  I have a lot of nieces and nephews (considering only half

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Blog:Paula Sanchez- From 'autism mom' to autistic mother

Blog:Paula Sanchez- From 'autism mom' to autistic mother

image shows a wooden bridge across a stream in a woodland setting, with ‘from ‘autism mom’ to autistic mother’ in white text

‘Autism mom’ is a term often used by, and to describe, non-autistic mothers of autistic children. It’s a sort of identity, signifying her interest in and connection to autism. ‘Autism moms’ wear jigsaw piece embellished slogans, share memes about their ‘special children’, light it up blue and support Autism Speaks. They want to

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