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[03 Nov 2011|09:14pm]

Does anyone else get fantastically upset with certain types of humor? Like I can't watch most American sitcoms at ALL, I get really anxious at the embarrassing situations that people have in them. I'm not quite sure what this is, maybe a hyper-developed sort of empathy for the characters? But its even if the characters are doing fine sometimes, it's just the situations. I'm still puzzling over exactly what triggers this. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Maybe you all have narrowed it down to what does it and ways to avoid it? Thanks, I would really appreciate some feedback!

An introduction of sorts [25 Nov 2007|06:14pm]

Cross-posted to asperger earlier today...

I'm not sure how much you want to know about me. I'm a newly-married 22 year old woman/girl from Norway. At the moment I'm visiting my husband who's currently studying in Denmark and it's only over the last few weeks I've really "considered" that AS is me, so to speak.

If I'm not mistaken, I've understood it so that this community is open for people who are open for self-diagnosis and that some ever have self-diagnosed? After years of feeling like the odd one out, the weirdo and the strange girl no one likes, after years of thinking it's something wrong with me mentally and then for some time considering looking into getting, or trying for, a diagnosis and help for what I thought was bipolar disorder (not saying it's not), I read about Asperger's and thought it sounded an awful lot like me and how I act and behave. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying so, but I took this test and scored 175/200. I've also read a lot online (not only Wikipedia) and have discussed it recently with my husband, and he can see a lot of the common symptoms in me (avoiding eye-contact, problems understanding sarcasm/irony, making friends and maintaining friendship, make small-talk, taking what people say literally and answering rhetorical questions, problems with changes, the need to know what's going to happen so that I can mentally prepare myself, OCD (dermatillomania), obsessive interests, phobias, anxiety (at times) and depression, interruption, formal speech, heightened sensitivity when it comes to sounds, texture of clothes, smells and sometimes light, attention to details, dislike physical contact (unless I specifically ask for it or initiates it)). I hope I didn't scare you with that list. Not sure it covered everything, but you get the idea, I hope.

I don't, personally, see AS (in me) as a disability other than the fact that I don't have any 'friends', but I assume it can be for some. At this point in my life it's not causing me any 'major' problems. I study at uni, but have yet to really work. I did work at a café last year for 2-3 months (my then-fiance owned it with some then-friends of ours and I worked his hours) but after a major breakdown/melt down I had to call it quits and he sold his share. I'm scared I won't ever function in a vocational setting. I like school, but it can't last for ever. Other than that I have problems with speaking on the phone.

Anything else you want to know? :)

My 2 pence [09 Oct 2006|06:53pm]

After reading through these posts, and a few other laugh riots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autistic_culture included), I find most of this rather pointless. I was linked all this by my girlfriend (or as you might label her: a NT, because bias loves labels) and I really think it does little good.

As an afflicted individual, I rather resent the idea of anyone representing the individuals, especially those who are ill-equipped for the task.
Granted you do get some people with real Aspergers but the growing popularity of it disgusts me. I was thought to have it as a child and learned to cope. It’s still blatantly obvious I’m insane, but those who really give a damn (the haters and would-be saviours) can all go to hell if they want to build a wall to keep people in and out.

Life is unfair, kill yourself or get over it. Those people with Aspergers who aren’t doing anything about it; do you want to die defective? Those who want it, are you RETARDED?! Being socially inept is oh-so-much fun, because you can write lengthy myspace whine-fests about it! But people for some reason want to be unhappy these days. I don’t understand it…

Only in a group of true nutcases can you find the defective-pride bunch! What’s next, cold pride? FREE THE FLU!!! Spread the sickness!

Yeah, I can tell where this is going:
“You don’t really have Aspergers, wah”
Wait, what’s that again, prejudice? Well I can talk at length, and so can anyone who’s met me.
“You don’t understand how hard my life is, wah”
Yes, not getting hungry hungry hippos when you turned 6 must have been so hard
“Why are you here then, wah” // “Why don’t you just leave, wah” // “Why don’t you just not look at it, wah”
Because people like you make my life that little bit tougher, especially being associated with such lunacy

When people hear that someone like me has this, they don’t believe it because of:
Presumptions built from the popular media built from the most prominent nutcases
Presumptions from experience with the loudest and/or most annoying of the afflicted
Presumptions from the whiney “look at me, I have

To sum it up, people like you don’t HELP any image you’re trying to build! You just make a bad thing look louder, whinier and more annoying!
On the topic, what the hell is with that Autism pride logo? It’s like mixing a rainbow (a symbol of gays and mixtures) and infinity… What the hell?!

Yes, this is getting long and it’s only going to get deleted because people are stupid, so whatever. Will check at some other point

[26 Sep 2006|10:59pm]

I just wondered if anyone has come across non aspies who think that they know you 100% as they've read up on AS/ADHD etc?

Eureka has joined the curebies [31 Aug 2006|05:29am]

[ mood | angry ]

I don't know how many people here watch SciFi's "Eureka", but in the 8/29 episode ("Blink"), the central feature of the episode was a drug that was being tested as a possible "cure for autism".

I've already emailed them a nastygram about it (at feedback@scifi.com), and posted on the Eureka bboard at scifi.com, but I'm still burned up over the casual and callous way the writers treated the idea of autistic people as somehow "damaged" and needing a "cure".


Asperger Syndrome: A Positive Perspective [27 Aug 2006|02:54am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hi all,

My name's Chris, I'm 24 years old and I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when I was around 9 years old.

I thought this community may be interested in a short film/animation piece I recently made, focusing on what I see as the positive aspects of my Aspergers. If you'd like to take a look, please click the image below:

All feedback is appreciated, and thanks for looking :)


Hello everyone [15 Jul 2006|05:20pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Hi I'm a eighteen year old aspie guy living in the Upstate NYC suburbs

Just got out of high school.

Have very little social contact.
Almost never get out

Might go to my local community college.
Might not.

Have some serious mood issues.
Angry a whole lot.
Feel alone all the time.

Very bad motor skills
and have never worked a day in my life.

well that's enough for now.


Online data entry, etc. [03 Jun 2006|06:37pm]

I was thinking online jobs like data entry or even html/css based website design would work well due to not having to socialize. I have fast typeing speed and know these codes but do these jobs really exist? Has anyone ever found a real job offering of this? Do any of them hire people without job experience, I'm self taught.


[29 Apr 2006|04:27pm]

[ mood | fine ]

Hello, I'm Richts, from the Netherlands, 22 years old. I just had some tests to see if I have asperger. I hear the result in three weeks.
I find that a bit long actually, because I know I can't let it go for those three weeks.

I don't know how I will take it, if I would be diagnosed as an asperger. I´m already 22 years old you know..

I have been reading about asperger now. There might be a chance I have it, and there might be a chance I don´t.

Anyway, I joined this community to read more about the lives of people with asperger and their traits.


Aspies For Freedom [17 Apr 2006|02:13am]

This is very interesting stuff: Aspies For Freedom

Hello [12 Apr 2006|08:38am]

hello all! I just joined and I strongly suspect myself to be an Aspie. I still have yet to seek an official diagnosis but boy do I ever fit all the classic symptoms...

Is anyone else here as bothered by little noises as I am? I have yet to meet another person who is as bothered by chewing noises as I am...

[16 Mar 2006|02:58pm]

Found this new website with ratings and detailed reviews on toys for kids with special needs. It's run by the National Lekotek Center and is very helpful. Most of the toys have links to purchase toys online. Otherwise, you can print out the review and find the toys in stores or online on your own.

Let your friends and therapists know about this website. There's a helluva of information there, including play ideas etc, and it's a great way to ensure your kid will get a fun toy that they can both use and learn from on their birthday or whenever.


Example rating...

[20 Feb 2006|03:09pm]

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my community [08 Feb 2006|10:02pm]

I made a community.It's http://community.livejournal.com/save_autism_now/ .Please take a look at it.


Upcoming book written by AS people [08 Feb 2006|01:15pm]

Submissions Wanted for Upcoming Book:

More Than Little Professors:
The Words and Ideas of Children with Asperger
Syndrome or High Functioning Autism*
*tentative title

Fellow parents,

Children with Asperger’s are amazing, complicated individuals.
But many people—even professionals in education and
psychology—often have serious misconceptions about our kids.

Some assume our kids are “like Rain Man.” Because they’ve
heard that many children with Asperger’s have special talents
and gifts, people sometimes assume their symptoms must also
be as severe as those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the
classic movie about a man with autism and savant abilities.

Others dismiss Asperger’s as a nonexistent disorder. “Oh, my
son was obsessed with dinosaurs at that age, too.” (Oh, honey,
you have no idea…)

Even those who know a child with Asperger’s often don’t realize
how tremendously our kids can vary from one another. Their
talents, their quirks, their challenges, and their personalities run
a wide gamut.

So who better to educate the world about Asperger
syndrome than the kids themselves!

Autism Asperger Publishing Company has asked me to put
together a book of writings and words of kids with Asperger's or
high functioning autism.

We’re looking for 3 types of submissions:

1. Things written by the kids themselves. If you have any
interesting, fun, or insightful things your child has written, I hope
you'll consider sharing them with us. Anything goes here--
poems, essays, letters—we’re looking for a wide variety of

2. Things your kids have said aloud. Can you recall
certain things your child has said aloud that really struck you?
Maybe because of their humor, their depth, or their special
insight into the way your child’s mind works? Than write ’em
down and send ’em in!

3. Recordings of your kids’ monologues. Does your
child know everything there is to know about, say, trains,
mythology, vacuum cleaners, or Pokemon? And does he love to
talk about it incessantly? Next time he starts “monologuing,”
stick a tape recorder in front of him! We’re looking for a few
good examples to transcribe that will illustrate the amazing
depth of knowledge some of our kids can accumulate on the
topics they love.

What Should The Kids Write About?

We’re looking for a wide range of topics, from silly jokes to
heartfelt essays about growing up with Asperger syndrome. If it’s
meaningful to your child, it’s meaningful to us. But some issues
we’re particularly interested in include:

• Sensory Experiences/Sensitivies
• Special Interests
• Relationships—family, friends, pets
• Feelings—loneliness, happiness, etc.
• School
• Humor
• Asperger’s/autism

The Details
· Children will be identified only by first name, last initial, and
age. (Names will be changed if you so request).
· All contributors whose work is accepted for inclusion in the
book will receive one free copy of the book.
· Original works can not be returned, so please keep a copy
for yourself.
· Please be sure to include your contact information on the
first page of every submission!

Send your submissions to:

More Than Little Professors
c/o Lisa Barrett Mann
P.O. Box 83481
Gaithersburg, MD 20883-3481

or email to:

submissions@LisaBarrettMann.com (Please put "More Than
Little Professors" in the subject line.)

more info at: http://www.lisabarrettmann.com/aspergers_project.html

Pam Dollar
(Mom to Watson - 14, autism)

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