May 30, 2016

On Functioning and “Functioning”

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:12 pm by merelyquirky

I want to comment on this, but since I made the mistake of believing Applebees staff that their “excellent, super-strong” ventilation system meant their new smoke grill wouldn’t bother my asthma, I now am both a bit wheezy and have a killer migraine. F*ck.

Autistic Academic

Not only did I present on deconstruction, autism, and digital communities at #cwcon this week, I also roomed (and presented) with a number of other autistic people.

I’ve made several autistic friends via the Internet, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts (and in the presentation).  I’ve even met a few of them one on one.  But spending time in a group gave me a perspective I haven’t had before.  Like:

  • The fact that I’ve never had an IEP, or was never diagnosed in childhood for anything, may be relatively unusual for autistics/NDs in my approximate age group.
  • I’m as awkward at autistic conversational norms as I am at NT ones, but I am less anxious about this awkwardness because something about autistic conversational norms feels intuitively right to me in a way that NT conversational norms never have.
  • Most of my autistic body-language norms have been completely extinguished.

It’s…

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