Autism Acceptance

It’s that time of the year again. It’s that time that drives a number of autistic people off this grand invention called the Internet because others show up and speak out of turn. It is Autism Awareness Month. It’s also Autism Awareness Week. And tomorrow … Continue readingAutism Acceptance

Wisdom

I got started on the subject of wisdom and what it means to be wise while talking with a new good friend. This discussion started out on how many people have commented to me before that I have a wise outlook on things. Personally, I’ve … Continue readingWisdom

Which One Is It?

Probably the biggest piece of baggage I carry is this one that I can’t identify a consistent answer on. Some days, I really enjoy helping people. Other days, I hate people. I really stick to the idea I like to help people. That’s what I … Continue readingWhich One Is It?

Diagnosis and Self-Awareness

It’s funny, in a dry, dark manner, that I missed writing last week for “Take The Mask Off”. Why? Because it was about burnout. And I feel like with everything on my plate right now, I’m flirting on the edge of burnout. Not only did … Continue readingDiagnosis and Self-Awareness

Masking & Mental Health

Masking is just another form of isolation that fancies itself a tool of social reciprocity.   I apologize ahead of time as I am not a research writer, but I have read plenty about the effects isolation has on the human psyche. Look no further … Continue readingMasking & Mental Health

What is Stimming?

Week two of the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign is about stimming. This is another one of those subjects that others can claim “EVERYONE DOES THIS!” So let’s start from the beginning of the lesson. What is a stim? It is a self-stimulating behavior or action. Yes, everyone … Continue readingWhat is Stimming?

What Is Masking?

What is masking? What’s it like to wear “the mask”? When I think about these questions, my mind is brought to the traditional lucha libre wrestling in Mexico. Nearly every professional wrestler in Mexico starts out wearing a mask. The mask is sacred. The mask … Continue readingWhat Is Masking?

Silently Yelling

It was just another day when it began. I didn’t have the most demanding job in the world. My responsibility? I fixed things when no one else could. My ability? I’m autistic. However, no one in the company knows this. It did not seem something … Continue readingSilently Yelling

SFCS: Chapter 1 – Appearances Are Not Necessarily Reality

As the motorcade speeds away from Santa Fe Plaza, those left standing there are dumbfounded. It’s almost an eerie silence for that moment. Then, the photographers from the two TV stations who showed up pull out their phones to make calls back to their respective … Continue readingSFCS: Chapter 1 – Appearances Are Not Necessarily Reality