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

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

Thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. Ah crap, I hate these things.

DAY 2Rules:

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 3 different bloggers for each day.

Of course you might have seen this one o my blog, all my life I have done

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 20: Sycamore leaves

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 20: Sycamore leaves

It’s April and I live in the UK which means it’s spring, so obviously I didn’t draw this one recently. But it’s a nice reminder of the colours that I love, from a season which mixes beauty and vibrancy with loss, decay, and darkness.

I love autumn leaves – there’s so much to look at and appreciate about them.

[Image description: full-colour fine liner pen drawing in landscape orientation of sycamore leaves coloured in

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Jen Elcheson

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Jen Elcheson

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, 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

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

The autism:ADHD interface.

I struggle to keep focused sometimes, unless I’m really engaged, interested, and enjoying what it is I’m doing. Sometimes it’s my surroundings that distract me; sometimes it’s my own thoughts. My brain never stops motoring.

[Image description: black and white felt tip comic scrip with two panels.

PANEL 1 (left-hand side: two female-presenting people, walking along – one is talking to the other (speech bubble: “so anyway, she was all, like…?!”),

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

I am snowed under with study atm and struggling to complete an assignment due tomorrow night but I just wanted to quickly say thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. Ah crap, I hate these things.

DAY 1Rules:

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 3

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

In case it seems like the hallways of The Silent Wave have become ghostly lately, I can explain (grin).

I have decided to go back to school, as some of y’all know, for a Masters degree.

It’s hard to go back to school as a grown-up, especially when you’ve been out of the School Mode for nearly a decade, and especially when you’re … autistic.

Well, that’s the case for me, anyway.  Far be it

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Blog:Paula Sanchez- Guest post: Dear husband, I need your help…

Blog:Paula Sanchez- Guest post: Dear husband, I need your help…

image shows coffee in a blue cup and saucer next to a spiral bound notebook and pen on a wooden surface, with ‘dear husband, I need your help…’ in white lower case text over the centre of the image

Relationships between autistic and non-autistic people can be tricky, the different ways we express ourselves and our different needs can, at times, make it harder to support each other. Many of us autistics find it hard

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

You’d think, wouldn’t you, by now, that the stereotype of autistic people as emotionless, empathy-devoid, monotonous-voiced beings with no inner life might have been chucked out of the window forever. But it still seems to persist, even as we work to change the narrative.

I am fully human. My brain is simply a different machine from that of a neurotypical person.

I do quite like robots, though.

[Image description: Portrait orientation fineliner pen drawing

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