Anonymous asked:Should people support Autism Society of America?
From what I remember, the national organization is ok (at least in comparison to Autism Speaks), but some of the state charters are very problematic.
Followers, anything else that should be pointed out re: Autism Society of America?
Anonymous asked:Can someone have social anxiety and Aspergers or Autism?
Absolutely! For loads of Autistic people, they go hand in hand. I’m Autistic and I have generalized anxiety disorder (as well as depression, technically seasonal… but the way that people make it sound less serious, which isn’t true).
Anonymous asked:If people do not like calling April, autism awareness month what is it then? If they do not like the blue, what color should it be?
The Autistic Community has been taking back the month of April by calling it Autism Acceptance Month - where we discuss the importance of accepting Autistic people, since people are already aware of us.
We also have an alternative to blue, with Turn It Down Taupe.
Rainbow is also another alternative to blue, since a symbol that the Autistic Community uses is a rainbow infinity sign.
Hi. Been a while. I’ve had some crazy shit on my plate lately, including starting medical transition, the HSC starting, insane flair ups of my CFS and other crap. I’ll try to be active from now on, but frankly this is just a quick “I’m not actually end yet” message. Sorry for ignoring you peeps…
Anonymous asked:Is it a good idea to major in your special interest field? For example, if your special interest is history, should you major in history?
I would! It just means you get to learn more about something you love!
Anonymous asked:I am glad this Tumblr is active again. Lindsay, can you tell us more about emotional support animals? Do you need a doctors note to have one? Can pets have traits similar to autism or have it themselves?
1. Yes, you usually have to have a note from a doctor to have an ESA. Otherwise they’re just pets and have the same limiting rights as pets.
2. I remember reading a theory one time that said that we have similar mental wiring to animals. No idea how true that is, but it’s interesting and would explain why so many of us are better at understanding animals than people. As for animals being Autistic, I couldn’t really tell you that, but some could have similar traits.
Anonymous asked:Hi so I'm just a teen who has a sister with Aspergers, and when she discovered this she could to see it in me to. Now I've always been known for ADHD but I feel like I have aspergers. But every "professional" I've told have shot me down or forced their opinion on me like they knew me more then I do. I've been trying to find my answer weather or not I have Aspergers but every person I tell has said I don't have it when they don't even test or get know me... What do I do?
First off, people who don’t know you have no idea whether you’re Autistic or not. From what you’ve said, you probably do. ADHD often goes hand-in-hand with Asperger’s (or the diagnosis’ do, anyway), and since your sister has it, there’s the genetic link right there. My recommendation would be to find a therapist who specializes in Autism and speak with them about it.
Anonymous asked:Hope you'll get the diagnosis! And remember, if he says you aren't autistic, he could be wrong. My doctor first came to that conclusion - but when the rest of the team that had been studying (I don't know if that's the right word) me had their final meet up about it, they ended up diagnosing me with Asperger's after all! I'd been really upset about it too, though I hadn't told anyone about it.
Definitely! I do have a female psychiatrist so that might help, considering that I’m dfab and not out yet. I will not give up until I have a proper diagnosis, since I will need it for the future to come to finally get the accommodations I need.
Thank you for the support <3
I’ve made an appointment with a psychiatrist for a diagnosis!
Anonymous asked:Oh that was a good explanation, thanks. Why would someone get an ESA as opposed to a service animal? Do you have any good links about it?
Service dogs require years of intensive training. They’re also expensive, even if you owner train. If you don’t go through a program or charity, you have to pay for not only the dog’s upkeep (food, toys, vet bills, etc…), but their gear, and having to outsource training if you’re unable to do it yourself. Not to mention that the average SD gets about 6-8 working years before they’re retired. With an ESA, you have their whole lives. Plus, they’re not limited just to dogs and mini horses.
Edit: Both of these links are pretty good at explaining the differences between the two, and why some people would go with an ESA over a SD.
Can you tell me more about emotional support animals?
ESAs are animals that have no special training. They can be any kind of animal, and usually require a doctor’s note. Their rights extend slightly beyond those of a normal pet, but not as far as a service dog’s. They’re allowed to live in non-pet housing and can travel with their owner on airplanes. They’re not allowed in non-pet areas such as restaurants and stores.
Whereas service dogs are extended the same rights as their disabled handler when they accompany them. Legally, service dogs are medical equipment, the same as a wheelchair or oxygen tank. The only legal cause to remove a SD from the premises is if the dog is acting up and causing a disturbance. Otherwise they’re afforded the same legal protection as a person.
I know you didn’t ask for that last part, but I like to make sure people know the distinction.
Anonymous asked:To that last anon, I completely agree with you. Autism is comparable to a rainbow, not a light switch.
Thank you for making this blog! To be honest, I'm still dealing with accepting that I may have Autism... I mean I was diagnosed in Highschool by a professional, they said that I had "aspergers." Which made me feel paranoid and think that it meant I was stupid, or had to be treated like a special needs kid. Pretty much it actually arose again this week. So I put some research into it and... Well I found this blog as well... There is a LOT of things I can relate to with this Meme. Yet again, thank
Thank you for reading our blog! Without you, we wouldn’t be here.
This is one of my favorite essays. It’s called ‘Don’t Mourn for Us’ by Jim Sinclair. It’s mostly aimed towards parents of Autistics, but I think you’d really benefit from reading it as well.
Trust me on one thing: Being Autistic doesn’t make you stupid or any less of a person. It just means your brain wiring is a little different. Autism has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with seeing the world differently due to a different way of perceiving information. It doesn’t make us any smarter or dumber than allistics. Just different.
Do something for me? Every time you start to tell yourself that you’re stupid, pretend you’re saying it to me. Pretend you’re telling me that I’m stupid because I’m Autistic. I have a feeling you don’t really believe that about me, so why would you believe it about yourself?
How do I inform my family that my depression and suicidal behaviour currently is not an autism thing but I real problem that I need help with? I just don't know how to communicate it to them and for them to understand how bad it is.
Exactly like that.
Perhaps you should write it all out in a note or email and give it to them. I know that makes things easier for me. No matter how you do it, you need to get it done with. Depression and suicidal behaviors are not something to try and wait out. You need help now, and I have no doubt that your family will agree with that. You just need to find a way to communicate that works for you, even if it isn’t a normal way.
Please, please, PLEASE get help. Even if you give me their email and ask me to talk to them for you. I will gladly do that for you if you can’t do it yourself.
Anonymous asked:This is kind of weird, but...I can't find anything about this anywhere. For some reason I had felt very little empathy for most of my life - until last year (I'll turn 24 later this year). I don't understand why it'd be that way, but it just wasn't there before and while I'm partly glad it's there now it still (understandably I hope) feels so unlike myself. Has this happened to anyone else? Do you think this might be related to my autism or something separate?
For me, I often feel so overly empathetic that I mix up other people’s pain with my own, and can’t differentiate between the two. Either that, or I don’t give a damn to save my life. Both of them look like I don’t care since, with the former, I have to compartmentalize or I start to lose myself.
Perhaps you’re at a point in your life where you can finally relate to other people, therefore making you more empathetic towards their plights. Perhaps you’ve always had empathy, but didn’t recognize it because it didn’t appear in a way that made sense to you or those around you.
It could also be hormonal or something else biological. Anybody more knowledgeable about this have an idea?