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Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Meandering through conversations is like trying to find your way somewhere on a map.  You think you know where the conversation is going.  You’re following the words people are saying, just like following the legend on a map.  Words are the map of the conversation. Then, all of a sudden, you’re lost!  The words are no longer making any sense and you are lost in the conversation.  You listen, concentrate on the words, try to

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Let's ban the Cult of Celebrity in 2019!

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Let's ban the Cult of Celebrity in 2019!

Let’s start the New Year as we mean to go on.

Let’s stop the pointless hero worship and fawning over “celebrities”. Whoever they are. Almost anyone it would seem. Tho’ not me.

Twitter, on which I have vented my spleen about celebrity in the last, stills see fit to recommend I follow the accounts of such people!. If it’s not Ant and Dec, or one of them, then it’s Holly Willoughby infesting my timeline. Holly

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- That Was The Year That Was–2018 in Review

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- That Was The Year That Was–2018 in Review

The past twelve months seem to have passed quickly as I sit here looking back over them. I’ve been places both real and figurative, seen amazing sights and met some lovely people. There have been highs I could scarcely have dreamed of, and lows I would rather not dwell on.

In January I travelled to Sweden for the first time to visit my daughter who had moved there the previous summer. We had a lovely

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- When Care is Really Control

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- When Care is Really Control

As an autistic woman myself, I know I’m not alone in seeking the security of a stable, dependable home life. I sucked badly at taking care of myself when I first lived away from home at university: I was intimidated by communal cooking and laundry areas.

The pattern repeated when I moved away for work: my awful, almost-non-existent organisational skills left me struggling with all manner of domestic tasks from my finances to making sure

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Blog:The Other Side- Angel Hair and New Year Resolutions

Blog:The Other Side- Angel Hair and New Year Resolutions

Reflections on autistic project design and leadership at the half way mark #NUNO

A random memory. Cabello de angel – sugary threads tucked inside the belly of an ensaïmada. Angel hair wrapped in the lightest sweet doughy spiral of my childhood.

I shower and reflect on the year about to pass. I think of angel hair. I feel it’s curious texture between my teeth once more as the white marble staircase to my grandmother’s flat

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Blog:Spectrum Women- “What IS Wrong With People?” Struggling to comprehend injustice by Janine Kharey

Blog:Spectrum Women- “What IS Wrong With People?” Struggling to comprehend injustice by Janine Kharey

I believe that altruism is at the center of how civilizations managed to be successful. I don’t think humans could have survived long in self-serving society. There must be something in us that makes us care about more than just getting our own needs met, yet tales of cruelty, injustice and man’s inhumanity to man bombard us.

As an elementary teacher my life was deeply enriched by the beautiful souls that passed through my classroom.

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Self-Protection by Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Self-Protection by Jeanette Purkis

I was in a documentary alongside three other autistic people which aired in 2010. In one scene, the four of us are having a conversation. One person, Akasha, said ‘The amount of money I have been ripped off is getting close to $500,000’. The other three of us all nodded in a very knowing way. I’m not sure about $500K but I have definitely been ripped off a lot of money over the years. I

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I just pray Kruger doesn't realize that it's gone until this guy can fix it up.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I just pray Kruger doesn't realize that it's gone until this guy can fix it up.”

I’m not Catholic.  Many people I care about are Catholics.  This issue infuriates me.  I’m at a loss for words, so I made a simple graphic to help express my message.  I don’t want to get all sweary with the pope, so I’m off to visualize a better world.

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Blog:The Other Side- Alternative Networking

Blog:The Other Side- Alternative Networking

December 23, 2018 §

Image created by NYFA from an original photograph by Philip King

I love it when nice offers come into my inbox through my artist website.

So I was delighted when New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) recently invited me to take part in a Twitter Q&A on ‘Alternative Networking’.

Since my autism diagnosis in 2016, I created WEBworks, a peer support and mentoring group for autistic and neurodivergent creatives,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Anxiety and Autism Art by Dr Holly Priddis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Anxiety and Autism Art by Dr Holly Priddis

©2018 Holly Priddis. Holly’s Brain

I have always loved to create since I was quite young. I dreamt of being a writer and loved immersing myself in fantasy plot-lines, tapping furiously on my old school typewriter, or drawing abstract images on my art pad as a teen. In my early twenties once I became a mother I did not have much time to be creative while raising our 4 children, and slowly all my

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- On The Other Hand…

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- On The Other Hand…

Black or white, good or bad, right or wrong, light or dark, leave or remain, man or woman: our whole world is split in two. Is this a consequence of evolution giving us bi-fold symmetry, left versus right? Or is it more fundamental?

It’s undeniable that binary thinking dominates discourse. We argue for and against, a claim is true or false, a stranger could be friend or foe. There are two sides to every story,

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Sensory Overload –

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Sensory Overload –

There I was at the office, sat at my desk. A normal day. Listening to music through my noise-cancelling headphones: some classic 90s Manchester tunes from the likes of James, New Order and Happy Mondays.

No indication that anything was wrong: I was getting on with my work as usual. Went to get a drink from the kitchen/break area…

That was when it started to hit me. Sounds jostling and crowding me, every footstep and

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Blog:Spectrum Women- My Gratitude List by Jen Elcheson

Blog:Spectrum Women- My Gratitude List by Jen Elcheson

Recently, I was talking with a friend I had not spoken to in a while. As I updated her on all the current happenings in my life, we both came to the realization that I have much to be grateful for right now and should write something about gratitude; so when things get bumpy, I will have something to fall back on. Also, as my autism diagnosis/professional identification turns 20 this year, it could not

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Blog:The Other Side- Exuberantly autistic!

Blog:The Other Side- Exuberantly autistic!

 Sliding back in time

I’m writing under rather constrained circumstances – which is ironic. I spent the past 24 hours absorbing exactly how free I am inside. But I am now on a packed commuter train heading home, hugging my newfound insight. 

Visiting my mother, who’s been feeling quite under the weather since her recent stay in hospital, has been a curious joy. We conspired over dinner last night – chocolate mochi are not really

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