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Below are the items shared on April 15
How to work with someone with autism
The new guy in the office is loud and aggressive, can’t read social cues, won’t wait his turn in meetings, and talks obsessively about the same things every day. And yet, sometimes, he shares extraordinary insights.
Autistic Adults: Socially Impaired or Socially Different?
Many of us almost take it for granted that individuals with autism have fewer and poorer friendships than others. Even worse, this assumption is usually assigned reflexively to the autism itself. This isn’t just true of our culture at large, either; it is true of researchers and professionals.
Fortunately, some in the field are starting to challenge existing ideas about social deficits and autism. Authors of a recent paper published in the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Brownlow, Bertilsdotter, and O’Dell, drew on a theoretical perspective that casts autism as a neurological difference rather than a deficit.
Peter Thiel: Asperger’s can be a big advantage in Silicon Valley
He avoids hiring MBAs, since he says they tend to be “high extrovert/low conviction people,” a combination of traits that “leads towards extremely herd-like thinking and behavior.” Similarly, he says that “people end up behaving more lemming-like” in places like San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where tons of tech companies are crammed into a .635 square mile area. All that socialization leads to conformity, he argues, preventing people from coming up with original, innovative ideas.
Below are the items shared on April 14
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It’s Not Them That Need to Change by George E Stewart II
My son is different. He’s not what society would consider a normal child, but God created him the way that He saw fit. So that makes him perfect! With that being said, I no longer ask God to change my son. I ask Him to change the hearts and minds of many of those around him. You can’t look at my son and see that he’s different. However, as soon as he opens his mouth, you know instantly that he’s different. You see my son is nonverbal autistic, so instead of talking he sometimes communicates by making noises that many would consider strange. Often times when either my wife or I don’t pick up on what my son is trying to communicate, he gets frustrated and he’s subject to throw a fit. This seems to inconvenience many people and strange looks or comments are soon to follow.
Things To Say To & Ways To Help An Autism Parent... :-)
Many of the things that other autism parents commented about don't fall under the "polite but annoying when you hear it all the time" category. Many of the things you posted fall under the "out & out rude / mean / ignorant" category. And to me there is a HUGE difference.
When We Realized Why My Sister Understands My Son With Autism So Well
I am the oldest of three sisters. One sister is two years younger than I am, and one is five years younger. I was born a social rule follower, always working towards being an appreciated member of the team. Middle Sis was… different. As a baby, she always wanted to be held by our mom, and would cry and fret if she was set down. Others couldn’t hold her, it had to be Mom. No one could kiss her except Mom.
The following items were posted on April 13
Mother/Daughter create dating site for people on the spectrum
Olivia Cantu, 18, and her mother, Kristen Fitzpatrick, 37, started SpectrumSingles.com in January as a dating and social media website for individuals on the spectrum.
“Are You Angry With Me?”: Dating as an Autistic Woman
“I have to tell you something about myself, something important,” I said to my boyfriend. We were lying on a bed in a University dorm, a girl and boy who at nineteen were taking our first tentative steps into the world of relationships.
Autistic and Queer: Coming Out on the Spectrum
You’ve probably given some thought to where you fall on the sexuality spectrum, but what about the neurological spectrum? There is a small amount of emerging data to suggest that autistic individuals are more likely than the general population to identify as asexual, queer or trans. Yet queer autistics are often excluded from the non-autistic LGBTQ community based on inaccurate stereotypes about their ability to empathize and desire intimacy.
The following items were shared on April 9
On Trying to Crack the Secret Handbook of Social Interaction by MW
I recently had the experience of being challenged to understand a variety of back to back virtual and real world social interactions. The interactions had mainly to do with bullying, mobbing, and controlling with a side of failure to communicate in which I was less a target than a witness, but I was in the position of having to respond with the timeliness of the nonautistic world. Suffice it to say, I was overwhelmed.
Journeys to the end of your psyche from AsperGirls
There are a lot of things they don’t tell you when you get your Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
They don’t tell you about the shame and embarrassment at being other and different. And a whole lot of other negative things too.
The Pseudo Logic of "Not Autistic Enough" by Judy Endow
Recently, I was told by a parent of a child on the autism spectrum that I am “not significantly enough affected by autism to be able to understand real autism” and therefore should stop speaking out about autism.
Video: Race Women and Autism
Below you will find the items shared on April 8
6 Lessons I Learned From My Brother With Autism
My brother can do a lot of things, but he will never understand financial matters or the danger of walking into traffic or walking in a parking lot. He will never be able to brush his teeth on his own. He will never be able to speak. These are things that we all take for granted, but we shouldn’t.
Brother of student with autism shines light on disorder by Mike Isaacs
Who likes pizza?" and then hands inside the Middleton School classroom shoot high in the air.
"Who plays video games?" and the same hands fly upward.
Dylan likes those things, too, his younger brother explains.
My Everyday Life as an Autism Mom by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
When my son, Norrin, was diagnosed with autism my mom told me, "you don't have to tell everyone about it. It's no one's business." I just didn't see the point of keeping it a secret. From the beginning, I was open about it, willing to talk and answer questions. And as a blogger, I really open myself up for discussion — and scrutiny.
Student gives voice to her sister with autism
Charlotte Whitesell, a fourth-grader, won the grand prize at Duke Energy's Invention Convention in March. Her invention, the Help-Me-Talk box, was designed to help her autistic sister communicate. Her sister, 7-year-old Rebecca, uses the box to talk to her family. Rebecca uses the box to say words such as “yes,” “no,” “bathroom,” and “hungry.”
The following items were shared on April 7
Thoughts on Awkward by the Autism Anthropologist
Every language has those words, and plenty of them, that can’t really be reduced to their translations or dictionary definitions. To be fair, that’s the case with most words. Meanings derive from context; from the intentions of the speaker and from the connotations they raise in the listener.
5 Ways to Help Your Child With Autism Make Friends
Making new friends can be challenging for any child. There’s always a bit of anxiety in approaching people, introducing yourself and building a new relationship.
Stress makes everything harder
Autistic people are autistic all the time. Sometimes some difficulties fade into the background, then come back out again when someone is particularly stressed out. This is true across the board for sensory issues, communication issues, movement, and all kinds of other things. (This is also true for people with any other kind of disability).
Below are the Items shared on Monday April 6
"Facts and Statistics: an Infographic" by UK Mobility
Today, one in 68 children in the United States is found to be affected by autism spectrum disorder. Though no one has been able to determine why autism rates are rising, all experts agree that early detection of autism in a child can make a huge difference to his ability to cope with the lifelong disability disorder.
Study shows connection between key autism risk genes in the human brain
A new study reveals an important connection between dozens of genes that may contribute to autism, a major step toward understanding how brain development goes awry in some individuals with the disorder.
The social network: How everyday interactions shape autism
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