self-acceptance

Dear Mom, I am Autistic:

Adam Lodestone, now 50, writes a letter to his mother as his childhood self. How would this compare to the letter your childhood self would write to your parents?

A Life Illuminated

My name is Hugh Willis. I am autistic. Having an autism spectrum diagnosis and changing my life narrative has been a difficult journey of self-discovery. Acceptance

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Ode to Joy

Autism is such a broad and new subject. It wears many faces, expressions, emotions, hindrances, and gifts. There are types not acknowledged formally and people

Andromeda Galaxy

I Don’t Regret You

“I was wondering . . . if I have kids, will they be autistic?”

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A Song of Hope, A Man Abused

Be me, an unknowingly-autistic man.  Put yourself in my shoes. I managed school. Literature and English language were a bit of an issue, though.  I

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This Little Mask-Erade Is Over

One woman tells of her lifelong journey to mask her true identity and the process of allowing herself to take off the mask and be her authentic self.

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If I Would Have Known I had Asperger’s

These wonderings are a mixed bag of so many thoughts, but a person’s neurological context matters.  It is certainly a thing to wonder about, or if you’re me, pick apart and analyze and evaluate and solve the puzzle that is my brain, my pain, and my relationships.  

A Man Unmasked

For people on the spectrum, how well someone fares in the general public or on the job often depends on someone’s ability to hide his

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What Autism Means to Me

For as long as I can remember, I have been considered odd. Not the sort of odd that makes me unlikable, but the type of

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