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  1. This is National Autistic Society's World Autism Awareness Week video. What do you think? I like it. I like how it's used an adult autistic woman and I totally relate to it.
  2. Please READ this because the more awareness for this the better. I know it's long to read (took me longer to type!) but it's for a good cause: Aspergers falls on the Autistic Spectrum. The current statistic for Autism is 1 in 100 and that's only the people who have received an official diagnosis. I was only diagnosed a couple of months ago and some people don't get noticed until much later in life. It took 9 months for me to get assessed and diagnosed, others as long as a couple of years, some not at all. That should give you an idea on the lack of funding that causes these waiting lists and also the lack of awareness out there. A lot of GP's still don't spot it and misdiagnose us with depression and anxiety disorders without noticing the underlying cause. People with Aspergers are usually very good at hiding it because we try to fit in over the years and mimic others behaviour, however trying to understand other people exhausts us on a social level and usually leads to us isolating ourselves once in a while. Many of us can't hold down jobs due to anxiety. Those that can are often misunderstood in the workplace or struggle with social pressures and sensory issues. I personally struggle maintaining friendships/relationships due to my brain not understanding body language or expression well. I also have sensory issues (bright lights and loud noises) and have been bullied my whole life for being "a bit odd". I find talking about things that don't interest me hard work and can become very obsessed with my own personal interests. I struggle empathising with others which makes it look like I don't care and can often upset people with brutal honesty. These are only a FEW of my traits. PLEASE read this and share. It's suprising how many people don't know what ASD is and as a result, make us feel worthless, stupid and even invisible at times (sometimes unintentionally). So please respect us. Remember, we automatically hide our traits to make your lives easier. We shouldn't have to do this so please be more understanding and accept us for who we are. Thanks. http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/autism-and-asperger-syndrome-an-introduction/what-is-asperger-syndrome.aspx
  3. Just wondering if any of you have problems with spatial awareness? I told you guys before that I wanted to drive, but couldn't. Well, I for sure am not driving ever again:( I got into a wreck. It was terrible! My mom was in the car cause I only had a learner's permit and we're lucky we didn't get killed. Now, me and my parents have decided that for my own safety and the safety of others, that I would never drive again, but if that's the case, how would I be able to go anywhere? I can't stay homebound and dependent on everyone else to drive me for the rest of my life. I started thinking that the accident was caused by my Asperger's Syndrome. I am planning on telling my therapist this when I go to him next month. I'm going to ask him if the accident had anything to do with my Asperger's and my difficulty with spatial awareness. See. What happened was the accident was caused by me mixing up the gas pedal with the brake. When my mom said ''stop'', I thought I was hitting the brakes, but I was really hitting the gas! I now take online classes at a local community college. It's going good, but I'm still upset about the accident and it hindering my chances of ever driving again. I don't want to stay homebound for the rest of my life. No public transportation and plus I live out in the country out in the middle of nowhere so not close to anything. I have no way to get out and socialize with my peers. I want to make friends and socialize, but how am I suppose to do that now?
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