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Blog:Mama Pineapple- The more I know, the more I realise I don't know.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- The more I know, the more I realise I don't know.

There are many times in my life when I’ve pretended to be an expert in something – both to myself and to others; both knowingly and unwittingly.

As a child, I would often deny the existence of new pieces of knowledge outside my ken if they’d been brought to my attention too suddenly, too unexpectedly, or in hostile or otherwise unpleasant circumstances. I’d correct people, without being open to the possibility that they might

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Complex Rhythm: Not #Masking But Dancing #ActuallyAutistic

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Complex Rhythm: Not #Masking But Dancing #ActuallyAutistic

Left to my own devices I waltz through life at my own pace, to my own rhythm. I can be largely oblivious to the people around me or their activities as my thoughts dance.

Around and around, I spin, and twirlSkip over the ground, my head: a-whirlThis tune in my mind: it sets my beatSubconscious-defined, it guides my feet

Until somebody steps inside my world, like the intrusive too-loud stereo in a car that draws

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Blog:The Other Side- A Delicate Dance #masking #actuallyautistic

Blog:The Other Side- A Delicate Dance #masking #actuallyautistic

Neither Use Nor Ornament research residency work by Naomi Morris. Photo by Hugh Pryor ©Hugh Pryor 2018

This post is a series of reflections on unmasking at work on my Arts Council England funded project, Neither Use Nor Ornament, which is a collaboration by The Museum for Object Research and WEBworks.

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Unmasking has become a hot topic for some autistics recently. In reality it is (and always has been) a daily negotiation.

What I

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “No, people hate that.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “No, people hate that.”

I’ve started menopause early.  I began menses late and ended early.  It’s helpful to me to understand why I just clawed my way free from the second worst bout of depression I’ve experienced to date.  I’m still a bit more fragile than I prefer, but it will pass soon.  I knew menopause was going to kick my ass, but damn.  I thought I would at least be able to function to some degree

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism and Crime

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism and Crime

There’s a lot of news about autism and crime these days and I think it’s worth some open discussion because the reasons are varied but the blame seems to be quite singular. 

I don’t believe that the amount of crime among individuals on the autism spectrum is any higher than the crime rate for the general population. In fact, many of the attributes of autism such as a preference for isolation, should contribute to it

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Trauma Does Not Define You

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Trauma Does Not Define You

In Greek, trauma means “wound”. Originally trauma referred to physical wounds, but nowadays trauma also refers to emotional wounds. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma also has a name.  It is more often referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  I am very familiar with PTSD.  I was diagnosed with it about 14 years ago. This original diagnosis arose from a horrible medical trauma that I endured and also from the behavior of those closest

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Is #Autism A Disease?

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Is #Autism A Disease?

Some insist that autism is a disease, others are equally firm that it is not. Are there really two sides to this question?

What is a disease?

Everybody knows what a disease is, right? It can be an infection by some virus (like measles). It can be a genetic condition like Huntington’s Disease. It can be a parasitic infestation like scabies or tapeworm. It can be something where the cause is identifiable such as

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Wandering misty thoughts on friendship and doubt

Blog:The Silent Wave- Wandering misty thoughts on friendship and doubt

Do you see me?  I’m hard to spot, in too large a crowd, which is loosely defined as anything above about six people.  Scan too fast and you’ll miss me. 

 Here, I’ll help.   Go deep.  Almost…there.  Yep, the one trying not to be noticed.  The one in ordinary jeans, legs climbed too often by little furry balls with beautiful eyes and sharp claws.  The one in the long-sleeved shirt with the tiny melted chocolate

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Transformation, Asperger's / Autism…and me

Blog:The Silent Wave- Transformation, Asperger's / Autism…and me

It’s been said that people on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum have a tough time making changes.  To a point, I’m certainly “guilty” of that, if it’s something to be guilty about, which in itself is up for debate.  My take?  It is what it is, whatever it may be, for each of us.

During this recent, unexplained (and currently, unexplainable) Cocooning Period, I’ve been given the time to draw inward, to retreat without having to go

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Barb Cook

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Barb Cook

The Spectrum Women and authors of this book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to tell and today, on the day the book has been released to the world,  we would like to introduce you to Barb Cook…  

Today our

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Rain and sleet may not stop them, but lets see them get past these bricks.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Rain and sleet may not stop them, but lets see them get past these bricks.”

The Depression Monster showed up a few days ago.  I haven’t bothered resisting this time.  Resistance is futile.  I’m not wasting any more energy fighting a battle that won’t end until I do.  Bring on the devastating sadness that makes me weep until I’m exhausted.  Go on and increase gravity until I can no longer hold up my head.  Staple me to the floor, like you always do.

Take my appetite, my laughter,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

A Spectrum Women Compilation, edited by Becca Lory Hector, Jen Elcheson and Maura Campbell.

Contributors: Barb Cook, Dena Gassner, Renata Jurkevythz, Lisa Toner Morgan, Liane Holliday Willey, Christine Jenkins, Terri Mayne, Kate Ross, and Anita Lesko.

We received such an AUSOME response to our list of things you should NEVER say to an autistic woman that we had to compile a sister list for it of some really great things you could, and should, ABSOLUTELY

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I've had a lot of experience with semantics, so don't try to lure me into some maze of circular logic.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I've had a lot of experience with semantics, so don't try to lure me into some maze of circular logic.”

I know I haven’t said a word about the Beyoncè show.  I’m still processing the experience.  Spoiler:  🤯🤪🤩😁😍😭😍😭🙃  I finished reading a novel for the Gettin’ Grown podcast book club last night, titled, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.  (It’s an Oprah book club edition.)  I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the story.  Marriage is a painful subject for me.  (Skirting spoilers, sorry if I tripped.)

I realized about halfway through the

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Blog:Planet Autism- “Do people tell you you're a good listener?” Autistic Versions

Blog:Planet Autism- “Do people tell you you're a good listener?” Autistic Versions

 There is a question on an autism screening questionnaire, I can’t recall which one, but a quick Google tells me it’s not the AQ50 at least. It’s something along the lines of the title of this blog post and this post is triggered by a recent passing comment to me, about me being a good listener that reminded me of the question.  This is one of those “it’s not what it looks like on the

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Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

Image Source ©Maura Campbell 2018

A Spectrum Women Compilation, edited by Jen Elcheson and Maura Campbell

Barb Cook, Dena Gassner, Renata Jurkevythz, Anita Lesko, Becca Lory, Terri Mayne, Jeanette Purkis, Kate Ross, Lisa Morgan

Content Warning: ableism, paternalizing, bullying, sexism (pretty much a smorgasbord of awful).

We present to you another collaborative piece where we discuss a bunch of things people should not say to autistic women (or, indeed, to any autistic person, female-presenting or

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- You Can Hide But You Can't Run

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- You Can Hide But You Can't Run

Drip…

Drip…

Drip…

You tune it out and turn awayYou’re sure that it’ll keep a dayIt really doesn’t seem that badCan’t let it spoil the plans you had

You could strike while the iron is hotBut nah, the problem’s soon forgotThere’s better ways to spend your timeThan worrying: you think it’s fine

You say you’d fix it if you couldWell, patch it up, not make it goodIt’s hard to quash that nagging doubtYou’re not as

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Ah.  Catalog writer's block?”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Ah. Catalog writer's block?”

I’m living in my head in no small degree of late.  I’m not stuck, I’m in fascination overload.  I love it here.  I’m learning so much so quickly.  I feel almost like The Lawnmower Man, (before the madness.)  I understand humans more profoundly than before.  I’m giving my mind some breathing room to process my third reading of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, (ASOIAF.)  I’m on season

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