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Blog:Spectrum Women- Affliction or condition?  Battle or journey? by Christine Jenkins, SWM Correspondent

Blog:Spectrum Women- Affliction or condition? Battle or journey? by Christine Jenkins, SWM Correspondent

I compare and contrast my discovery of breast cancer with Asperger’s (ASD Level 1)

My 50s have been a tumultuous time; I’ve dealt with the unfolding realities of separation, eventual divorce, menopause, gynecological issues, self identification on the autism spectrum, then official ASD diagnoses from 2008 onward.

Then the bottom fell out of my world in Spring 2016 when I had two abnormal mammograms, swiftly followed by a very painful stereotactic biopsy of my left

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Blog:The Other Side- Strange Transmissions – taking my work to Spain.

Blog:The Other Side- Strange Transmissions – taking my work to Spain.

(Still from my new film called, With You, featuring my father José García Lora & the gardener’s son at the Old Prebendal House, Shipton-under-Wychwood.)

Life’s a bit full on at the moment, but in infinitely good and exciting ways. My work with Overtone Productions for the Radio 4 programme, The Art of Now: Return to Catalonia, continues apace and is all consuming, partly because we have such a short window in which to make

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Blog:Paginated Thoughts- Prejudice after mass shootings is a well-defined pattern

Blog:Paginated Thoughts- Prejudice after mass shootings is a well-defined pattern

Alternate Title: This autistic with mental health disabilities would like others to develop better pattern recognition skills.

Image text:You say I am repeatingSomething I have said before. I shall say it again.Shall I say it again? -From T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” Part II: East Coker

I have an inordinate fondness of T.S. Eliot’s poetry. I have significantly less fondness of repeatedly having to tell people to stop blaming mental health for mass shootings. But yes, I shall say

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Fearless

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Fearless

It is 230am and it is too warm to sleep. I miss my headspace, I ache to feel me, I miss the me I am that R brings out in me. It has been too long and I am an addict who is way past the withdrawal symptoms…

I feel close to it at times but I need a trigger.

It flows like honeyed fire through my veins so easily when I have anything

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Tired of the Dream

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Tired of the Dream

There is something to be said for letting go of a dream. I have let go of R… in that I have let go of the expectations that I wanted from him. I feel easier in myself, if I am what he wants he will make it happen, I am tired of trying so hard. I get all worked up over nothing and all I do is get stressed and worried. I do not

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- blue-portals:

neurowonderful:

They're here! Because you…

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- blue-portals: neurowonderful: They're here! Because you…

blue-portals:

neurowonderful:

They’re here! Because you demanded it, and because I love you – more neurodivergent/Autistic Valentine’s Day cards! Please feel free to use and share these as you will. Just do remember to give me credit, please <3

See past cards here!

[Image description: A series of six Valentine’s Day cards featuring bright watercolor backgrounds with complimentary coloured bars containing white text. The cards read:

Your stims are stupendous; your happy makes me happy I

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Isn't free speech and thought allowed in Autism ?

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Isn't free speech and thought allowed in Autism ?

Well thanks Autistic community!.

Thanks for making me feel like shit!.

Just because I don’t go along with your stance 100% of the time.

Just because I can see both sides and haven’t fallen into the trap of believing anyone who says something that might cause consternation amongst the Autistic community should be automatically “struck off” or damned.

It’s an opinion.

It might be misguided; totally wrong; laughable and yes, occasionally deeply damaging.

And it

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- 'How many of us stop short of success on purpose? How many of us sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we're familiar with?'

Blog:The Secret Aspie- 'How many of us stop short of success on purpose? How many of us sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we're familiar with?'

I have fears. One most of us are familiar with, a fear of failure, the second of not being good enough, what terrified me as a child and still does deep down inside me is the fear that my father was right, that I am horrible, that people will see through the lie that I have created and see this truth that he told me.

I know I am not, I know him telling

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Sex and the Single Aspie — ARtemisia

Blog:Spectrum Women- Sex and the Single Aspie — ARtemisia

Addressing the issues women with Asperger’s face with sexuality and the single life, this ground-breaking book reveals all and blows the lid off taboo subjects for those on the spectrum. Looking at one night stands, intimacy, and integrity, this is illuminating reading for all Aspie women.

One of the many problems women on the spectrum face is not always understanding how relationships and boundaries work for other people. This book provides answers, plus more that

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Blog:Spectrum Women- EVENT: Autism Q & A — Bendigo,  Victoria 1st April 2018

Blog:Spectrum Women- EVENT: Autism Q & A — Bendigo, Victoria 1st April 2018

Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service (BAASS) are thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity for our community — autistic community, parents, families, friends and professionals — to attend a ‘Q & A’ style event with BAASS, Barb Cook and Jeanette Purkis.

Join us for an informative event where content is guided by you! What do you want to know? Find out from our panel; based on lived and professional experience.

RSVP 18th March

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Apartment Update

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Apartment Update

So, all the paperwork is done, the bond payment paid and organised, all I have to do on the 28th is pick up the keys from the real estate. These next two weeks are going to go so slowly I just know it.

I am wondering how social I have to be with the other tenants. I am hoping not at all, lol. The less they know about me the better I think.

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- They're here! Because you demanded it, and because I love you…

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- They're here! Because you demanded it, and because I love you…

They’re here! Because you demanded it, and because I love you – more neurodivergent/Autistic Valentine’s Day cards! Please feel free to use and share these as you will. Just do remember to give me credit, please <3

See past cards here!

[Image description: A series of six Valentine’s Day cards featuring bright watercolor backgrounds with complimentary coloured bars containing white text. The cards read:

Your stims are stupendous; your happy makes me happy I would talk

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Blog:tagaught- Let's Talk About: #Neurodivergent [?] Saint

Blog:tagaught- Let's Talk About: #Neurodivergent [?] Saint

Bit of a rant here, just warning you….

Disclaimer

Additional Disclaimer: I am not naming names; this may have been prompted by one incident, but I have no desire to start a flame war.

So, a friend recently sent me a link to a post by someone else that was written in response to a comment they’d left on a previous post. A calm, rational comment, that did disagree with some (though definitely not all)

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Do they really need the abuse of being compared to a rhinoceros on top of everything else?”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Do they really need the abuse of being compared to a rhinoceros on top of everything else?”

Inner Child – art installation from The Burning Man-2015

M. gave me a gift today.  It’s an F*** Box from the UK.  It’s a grid of 16 buttons that play sound bytes of the F word being used in various ways (with feeling) by people with British accents.  I effing love it!  I need to hack it a bit to lower the volume, though, (this is the midwest.)  It’s the size of a deck

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Adventures in awkward [autistic poetry]

Blog:The Silent Wave- Adventures in awkward [autistic poetry]

Today was another day in which I felt inspired to “rewrite” my own “lyrics” to an existing song.  I’ve been working a lot, including most of the day today, and yet, an obscure little song whispered out to me, first nibbling around the edges, then growing more incessantly, until I got home this afternoon, at which point it consumed my core.

Today’s “lyrics” stem from the concept of my Asperger’s/autism and the ever-present reality of

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Time

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Time

At times I forget how far I have come from who I used to be. I am someone who very much believes in self-improvement. Knowing where I am heading in my life, plans, goals, are always what shore up my confidence in my own abilities.

For so long the others would do things for me and you get used to it. You get used to hiding.

I forget that even though I had the

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Autism Cures ? Not for me thank you!

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Autism Cures ? Not for me thank you!

Please stop trying to change me.

I read about potential “cures” for Autism with a heavy heart. The very notion that you would want to cure something that is you seems completely alien to me. Why would you want to alter yourself in a way that denies yourself the truth of your very existence ?.

Of course we look at cures as a way of treating bad stuff.

So, is Autism bad ?. Is your

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