The ugly duckling grew up believing – falsely – that he was an ugly or defective duck. Eventually the “duckling” learned he wasn’t a duck at all. In the end, the duckling was a perfectly “normal” “average” swan and this knowledge set him free.
Autistic Pride isn’t just about celebrating who we are. It’s also about coming together, remembering those we’ve lost, and working together towards a brighter future for future generations of autistic and other neurodivergent people.
The Autistic Sensory Spectrum – Live at Honestly Autism Day 2019 – talking about Stimmig, Sensory Processing, Regulation, and Harmful Stims Transcription Christa Holmans: Um, so, I’m, thank you so much for being here today. Uh, my name is Christa Holmans, I’m the Neurodivergent Rebel, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about theContinue reading “The Autistic Sensory Spectrum – Featuring Stimming: The great, the good, and the ugly”
People ask about the hard parts.
Is autism a disability? It can be.
Is it all sunshine and rainbows? No.
When I go deliver a presentation, what people don’t realize is there are hours and hours of work that go into that presentation.
In early February the stores begin to fill with pink, red, and white hearts. Memories of elementary school come flooding in. Suddenly I’m sitting in a small-town classroom, peering down into an empty Valentine box.
Autism is defined by social communication differences and a tendency towards, what is often referred to my medical professionals as, “restricted, repetitive behaviors” or as I prefer to say “a strong desire for order and routine in a chaotic world”. I organize myself same daily schedule, same meal menus, same routes to work or anyplace I need to go.
I found out that I was autistic at the age of twenty-nine. The Psychologist who diagnosed me recommended I read the works of autistic authors and seek out other autistic adults in order to help me to better understand autism and how it related to myself.
Thank you to everyone who has been along for the adventures over the past two years. Without you, I wouldn’t have a reason to create content, but I don’t want to stop here: I have so many ideas that I want to implement! So I’ve started a Patreon community. Pay What YouCan I’m asking youContinue reading “I Started a Patreon Page”
Earlier this year I was invited to take part in something wonderful. Six weeks of sharing, videos, blogs, and stories about autism and masking. In the beginning, I was enthusiastic and optimistic. Now, at the end of it all, I am left to reflect on this whirlwind campaign. I’ve lost count. So many tweets,Continue reading “#TakeTheMaskOff Week 6 – The Impact of Taking The Mask Off”