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Greater Acceptance

When I was growing up few people had even heard of Autism, let alone understood what it was like to have Autism. The closest people got to having any understanding was what they gleaned from watching the movie “Rain Man.” As a result, oftentimes when I told people I had Autism, I would receive a […]

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Music To My Ears

Since the other bloggers seem to be talking about video games, I thought I might as well join in on the fun! I too, live off of video games, and have made them a very important part of my life. However, I have grown up more on the soundtracks rather than the gaming itself. I […]

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A Value to Video Games

Video games were a big part of my childhood growing up. My interest in gaming started when my Father brought out his old Atari console and even though I was a little too young to fully understand the game, I was fixated on trying to play. The game that I played was called ‘Freeway’ but […]

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Hyper-Focus

One of the most prominent characteristics of my Asperger’s has been the “hyper-focus” that occurs in many people on the spectrum. The best description that I have for hyper-focus is an almost obsessive/compulsive desire to do an activity. My hyper-focus has been both a boon and a curse when considering the various things that I’ve […]

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To Drink, or Not to Drink

As you know, it’s March and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. This is well known as a big “drinking holiday.” I thought that it would make sense to talk about drinking alcohol. It seems to me that a lot of people treat alcohol very casually like it’s no big deal. For me, using alcohol […]

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Stepping Outside My Box

In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that I have gotten better with being a team player and a team leader. Sometimes I don’t think I do well as a team player or team leader because I don’t really talk that much, nor do I like to share my thoughts in a verbally communicative session. […]

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Black History and Disability – Roland Johnson

February is Black History Month. It’s the time of year when the United States of America remembers the plight of enslaved Africans and their African American descendants. Historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Rosetta Tharpe, George Washington Carver, Madam C. J. Walker and Harriet Tubman are all notable for their robust accomplishments […]

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Pets

Through my life there have only been a few friends that have stayed by my side in almost all parts of my life. Those friends are my pets. Everybody loves their pets, but I’ve found that I have a special attachment with mine. As far back as my memory goes I’ve had a total of […]

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Love is in the Air

I have experienced Valentine’s Day in February from the perspective of being single and also being in a romantic relationship. When I was single, I thought it would be amazing to have a date on Valentine’s Day and to be in a relationship. Boy, I was partly correct, but also way off. While it was […]

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Top Typist

Being aware that this month is the start of a new year, I never really knew what to improve for myself as the monthly norm. Then it suddenly hit me: I’ve always wanted to become a better speed typist. To do this, I pretty much have to spend a good 1-2 hours daily working on […]

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Communications

When it comes to understanding means of communication, I think autistics like myself are more likely to be empathic towards others. We are more likely to be empathetic because our means of communicating are not always respected. So we put forth an effort to understand others who have similar or different communication difficulties and needs. […]

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Is Traditional College for Me?

Over the summer my parents and I decided that I would take a gap year, but during that time I would enroll in my local community college for a class or two. I enrolled in English Composition 101 for the fall semester. I met with Disability Services so that I could utilize their support system. […]

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Resolving Resolutions

It’s January again and everyone I know is talking about resolutions and wanting to make changes. This can be incredibly helpful for me, however I need to be really careful to focus on positive goals and things that I want to change. Why do I need to be careful? Because there is a little voice […]

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Finding the Right Air Purifier & How I Benefited From Using One

When I first started browsing air purifiers, one thing that I noticed right away were companies advertising their certifications for their product. While reading through a few of those, nothing stuck out and made sense to me because I’ve never heard of the certificates. I wondered if there was a single regulatory body that checks […]

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Black and White Thinking

Coloring books are funny things for me. Even as a kid they were hard because I believed that there must be a right way to color the page and ultimately the entire coloring book too. I believed there was a right way and a wrong way to color a coloring book. I was constantly frustrated […]

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