Hide messageView More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

Read More

Comfort in Distant Locations

By Khylil

Sometimes people with Asperger’s or autism have a hard time getting used to areas they are not familiar with. This was (and still is) myself to this day. I have been more of an “inside” kind of person, and even though I had the want to leave my house, I never made that much of an attempt to because I seem to overthink reasons on why I don’t, can’t or shouldn’t.  As I have mentioned in one of my earlier blogs about nighttime walks, I usually like to walk during my free time after school, but since I have gotten so used to not being in school, I prefer to stay at home and do short walks, but I really want to change this.

The main reasons why I want to get used to casual walking and explorations is because I think there’s a lot I need to know. Not that I want to be a know it all, but I want to know more about Philly or be able to go out of state by myself more, and I need to know a whole lot more of what’s out there so I can make it a new place I’m comfortable with. So recently, I have done quite a few things to start getting more comfortable. One of those things is that I went to New York City for the first time with my friends and not under the supervision of my parents. Even though I didn’t do much but take pictures (something I would usually do), it just felt like a new experience to me because I usually don’t have this kind of confidence.

Possibly in the future I’d like to do more of this (going to more distant spots) by myself and possibly familiarize myself with those new areas, especially with the nice summer weather! I hope everyone also has a safe summer and bring refreshments for those who are consistent travelers, or new adventures for those just starting to explore!

I also have made a video of my experience in New York City. To watch it, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXkjgYGcoWc