A poem about disassociation and losing verbal speech.
You don’t look autistic.
Yes I do.
You don’t act autistic though.
Yes I do.
Yeah, but you’re not like “properly” autistic.
Yes I am.
You can make eye contact.
Yes I can.
You don’t flap all the time.
I do at birds.
You flap at birds?
I flap at birds.
Why do you flap at birds?
It would be rude not to wave at them when they wave at me.
That’s a bit weird.
But you don’t do all that proper stimming and stuff, do you? Or do you?
Every day. Most moments of every day. See this?
Looks like a tiny bead mat.
Yup. I made it, I made lots of them, for when I lose them. I get distracted easily.
Can I have a go?
Go for it.
It feels nice.
It feels essential.
Why do you do it?
I’m an addict.
But it’s not…
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People diagnosed with depression: are usually smarter than the average person have a better perspective of the world see situations more realistically People diagnosed with ADHD: thrive in disruptive situations are three times more likely to form their own businesses embrace adventure are adept at multi-tasking People diagnosed with OCD: have higher levels […]
A disclaimer: I don’t believe in real distinctions between aspies, auties, LFA, and HFA. When I use these words I am discussing the beliefs of people who do believe in them. Edited to add: aspie supremacy is a shorthand and people should be aware that the prejudice contained within it can and does affect many with the AS dx.
I think I am the person who coined the term autistic supremacy. At the least, I came up with it without having heard it before. It was 1999 and I came up with the term to explain certain trends to my psychologist. This, by the way, means that those people who are running around gloating about how us autistic activists brought these people’s offensiveness on ourselves, or ranting about how nobody cared until recently? They have no grasp of the history. None at all. I have been opposing this in all…
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The winners write the history books.
“In 1492, the natives discovered they were Indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.” ― Eduardo Galeano
By Irwin Ozborne
A good friend of mine, a member of the Republic of Lakotah, has a meeting with her first grade son’s elementary school principal. Apparently, her six-year-old was being defiant in classroom.
What were these defiant actions?
Well, upon his teacher explaining Columbus Day and honoring the courageous and brave sailor who discovered this land in 1492, he had a couple of questions for the teacher. He wanted to know how it was…
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I am on medication for ADHD, and I hate having to take it. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even do anything. When I first started on it, it made me fall asleep faster, but now that I’ve adjusted to it, it doesn’t even do that anymore. Now, if I don’t take it I can’t sleep at all until around 2:00 am.
But that’s not the real reason I hate, those are just even more reasons to stop.
The real reason I hate it is because of the message it sends me. When people say “you need medication for your ADHD”, what it really tells me is “we don’t think you’re normal enough to participate in our society”. Well guess what? Maybe I don’t want anything to do with your stupid society! I don’t want to be part of a group that puts people who are different on drugs. The drugs don’t even make us less weird; they just make us be weird more quietly. So we can slip under the radar; so we don’t “embarrass” the “normal” people in front of the rest of the world. Stop calling ADHD a mental disorder. There is nothing any more wrong with me than there is with any other person. Do I sound like I have a disability to you? The only reasons that people with “disabilities” like mine struggle is because our brains work differently from those of the “normal” people, and the system was designed to accommodate “normal” people. My brain has its own way of processing, categorizing, and retrieving information, and that way is considered “abnormal” by some people. I communicate my thoughts differently then other people. Simply put, my brain works differently from most people’s. Since when did that amount to a disorder? ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For those who don’t know, ‘attention deficit’ means that I supposedly have difficulty paying attention. Not true! If I don’t look like I’m paying attention to you, either I’m having one of those days where my head feels fuzzy and focusing is impossible (you can probably relate), I’m actually listening to you but looking at something else (more likely), or I don’t give a crap/I find you boring and I zoned out because I’m not interested in what your telling me (probably what’s happening). If the it happens to be the last one, don’t tell me I’m rude. Rude would be telling you that I don’t care. It’s not my fault if the thing you’re talking about isn’t interesting.
Then there’s the hyperactivity bit. Bullcrap; I’m lazy as heck. I don’t have enough energy. Why have I been diagnosed with and medicated for a “disorder” that doesn’t even describe me? Where is the logic in that?
Apparently I’ve also been diagnosed with ODD (not that they told me when they did, I have no idea when that even happened), which stands for Oppositional Defiance Disorder. What that’s supposed to mean is that I don’t respect my “superiors”. What it really means is that I don’t respect people without a good reason, I don’t respect you because you are older then me, and I can tell when someone placed in a position of authority over is incompetent/an idiot, and don’t respect them if that is the case. I will grant them the basic respect that all humans deserve, but after that they have to work for it. If I think that someone is kind, I will respect them for it. If I think someone is intelligent, I will respect them for it. If I think someone is sensible, I will respect them for it. If someone is older then me or good at sports or a model… good for them, I couldn’t care less. I have more respect for some people who are younger than me than I do for some people who are older than me. I try to judge people equally, by the same standards. Older people have had more time to work their way up to those standards, but that doesn’t always help them.
A disability/disorder would be if you couldn’t learn a language, if something was wrong in the part of your brain that sent out chemicals that cause emotions, so that when people insulted you you felt happy and when people complemented you you got angry or sad. That would be a problem. It would be virtually impossible to communicate with/coexist with other people (depending on which one). ADHD doesn’t do those things. ODD doesn’t do those things. Stop stigmatizing people!
So glad I live in Canada. The thought of healthcare as an industry disturbs me.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
By Irwin Ozborne
“Susie is dead.”
I still remember the text message on that fateful morning.
Susie is a 24-years-old, hard-working, good-looking girl without an enemy in the world. She is the type of person who naturally connects to everyone and genuinely cares about others. How could she be dead?
“She died from a heroin overdose.”
I heard these words and it literally floored me. We hear the figurative expression of being brought to your knees – well this is where it comes from. It literally occurs when you cannot physically stand and the pain and anguish is so unbearable that you involuntarily sink closer to the earth.
Who does heroin? That was my instinctive reaction.
It must have been engrained in our culture and generation that if you touch the stuff, you…
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This is amazing. It’s a three-part series, and all three parts are long (one reason why I’m postings links instead of re-blogging). If you don’t have the patience to read it all, you’re missing out. This guy is incredible, your really should follow his blog.
This website is basically about what is wrong with the human race. Yes, I am aware that I am a human. I would much rather be a puppy. Puppies are nice. Puppies are only mean and nasty when humans are mean and nasty to them. Humans are just inherently evil creatures.