In October 2017 I visited a Difficult Conversations class taught by Dr. Erin Watley at McDaniel College. I put together this resource for the students to learn what autism was, because I had asked them and they didn’t seem to know. Then, when we had our conversation, I discovered that this was a very effectiveContinue reading “What is Autism? – 2017 Resource”
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In 2017, Dr. Carolivia Herron read a dialogue we had written about an event seven years past. In it, we discuss bullying and how we as people respond to harm. Backstory When I was in 13, I was a student in a home school class that Dr. Carolivia Herron taught. I was 13 years oldContinue reading “Duck Tape”
Disclaimer: The topic I am writing on is one I am still learning. I am sharing my journey as I walk it. I sincerely hope that you find some value in this. As I grew up, I learned that there were things outside of my control, and that how I felt was one of them.Continue reading “Body Talks”
Here is my team-building activity. I like to do it whenever I will be working with someone new. Everybody figures out the following about themselves: How do you communicate? What are three strengths of yours? What are two areas you could be supported with? When you get overwhelmed, how can your teammates tell? How canContinue reading “Partner Presentation”
Ideal Autistic Vacation
No work today. Today’s my Vacation Day. I’m not taking time off work for this. I still work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. We work when works for us. And once a month, I take one of my Saturdays off and teleport somewhere for the day. It’s just a day trip, really. Felicia likes to takeContinue reading “Ideal Autistic Vacation”
The Pain I don’t Hear
The doctors trips began early. “Where does it hurt and how?” “Here, here, and here,” I would say. I got sick regularly and often. I knew what a fever felt like, and I remember going multiple times a school day to the nurses office. The aches and pains and chills in my bones were always.Continue reading “The Pain I don’t Hear”
The collared button-down makes my white anglo-saxon protestant (WASP) heritage happy. It is business professional. It is dressed up. I like layering it over a comfy shirt with 3/4 length sleeves. As long as the shirt underneath fits and is a neutral color that pairs with the outfit, it brings that quirkiness that is honestContinue reading “Clothes”
Social Skills Classes and the Holy Grail
“I want to figure out an algorithm on how to interact with people appropriately based on who they are and the situation. How they react.” I was speaking to a professor in the Communication dept. about what I wanted to do. I wanted to create an algorithm for autistic people to know how to react.Continue reading “Social Skills Classes and the Holy Grail”
How do I choose me? How do I find the self I was robbed of?
#StopTheShock: Where do we go from here?
For the past week, I have been hurting. We all have, the whole autistic community, so much. Personally, I want to rant and rage. But mostly I want to turn my pain into action. I’ve spoken to other people in my life about it. It isn’t enough. I think it might not be enough forContinue reading “#StopTheShock: Where do we go from here?”