The fourth video in the series going over some of the most common and most ridiculous reasons autistic people are told that they couldn’t possibly be autistic. Continue reading #YouCantBeAutisticBecause. . . You are a Woman
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, … Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff Week 6 – The Impact of Taking The Mask Off
Let’s talk about how we can start to take off the mask. Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff – Coping Strategies Taking Off The Mask
My diagnosis was like a light, illuminating parts of me that I’d hidden in the darkness. #TakeTheMaskOff Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff Diagnosis/Self awareness – How does it impact masking?
I’m a chameleon, an expert masker. I can be fun and playful, or serious and attentive. I can sit still, with proper posture, and give the impression of eye contact. There are many masks, many characters that all require varying skill levels to pull off. Some costumes are more elaborate than others. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective #TakeTheMaskOff – Masking, Mental Health, & Burnout
Autistic people with well-developed masks may do better in certain situations compared to autistics without masking skills. Still, masking may come with a heavy cost, leading to physical exhaustion, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and burnout. The mask can breed self-loathing, leading the wearer to believe the unmasked person is somehow damaged, flawed, or broken. Continue reading Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff
I was honored to be invited into the #TakeTheMaskOff conversation on Facebook earlier this week. Our one hour long live video inspired the video below. This week I talk about my personal experience with autistic masking – sometimes referred to … Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – What is Autistic Masking? #TakeTheMaskOff
It was a true honor to be able to have such an important conversation with some amazing #actuallyautistic advocates. This summer we want to encourage autistic people everywhere to talk about how masking impacts their lives using the tag #TakeTheMaskOff … Continue reading Talking About Autism and Masking – #TakeTheMaskOff