#TakeTheMaskOff Week 6 – The Impact of Taking The Mask Off

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

An Autistic Perspective #TakeTheMaskOff – Masking, Mental Health, & Burnout

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

Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff

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

An Autistic Perspective – What is Autistic Masking? #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

Talking About Autism and 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