December 24, 2014
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Berry Macaroons (or Bird’s Nests)

I promised you a cookie recipe before the holidays, and had planned to have it to you earlier.  However, Robbie Burns’ “best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley” comes to mind, when it comes to managing a life with autism.  I can set intentions, but when they’ll […]
December 17, 2014
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Your Laundry is Killing Me

Imagine waking up in the semi-darkness of dawn with the sudden awareness that there are toxins seeping in the bedroom window you left open to gain fresh air. Toxins that immediately begin to cause pain, to drop your level of ability to think, to lower your reaction times, and even […]
December 13, 2014
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Developing Immunity to Tetanus

I’ve been alert for tetanus research since my late-October fall opened up an eyebrow. One of the first questions health professionals always ask, if you’ve a cut of any kind, is whether your tetanus shots are up to date. I’m not squeamish, and have had lots of needles over time. […]
December 10, 2014

How Do You Tell Someone About Their Autism?

These responses are from an interview about how I discovered I was autistic.  I wrote the answers down for you, because I think this interview touches on something raw for us.  Is autism a disability?  Is it a label that will damage people’s chances?  Certainly, I know adults who have […]
December 10, 2014

Autism Research Discriminates Against Women

Autistic Women’s Rights Challenge: Please ask CASDA (Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance) to include autistic women who have NOT been able to access an ASD diagnosis, by adding a women’s diagnostic questionnaire to their current survey of adult needs.  Email Margaret Whalen at <info@asdalliance.org> It is well-nigh impossible for higher-functioning […]
December 6, 2014

When to Believe an Autism Specialist

I had just turned 23 when an orthopedic specialist told me I’d never walk right again.  I’d been an above-average tree planter, occasionally putting in the highest number of trees per day.  And I’d done it for years, to pay for my university education.  But then my knees started to […]
November 14, 2014

New Brain Injury Helps Old Ones Heal?

Warning:  Long Post! I’m in the middle of a bit of an adventure.  Just over three weeks ago, I had a fall while getting out of a tub, and peeled off half my left eyebrow.  Yes, ouch.  My husband Bill was particularly not impressed by all the blood. Having been […]
October 20, 2014

Work Challenges for Autistics

Autistics have some real advantages over the rest of the population when it comes to things like pattern recognition, and problem-solving.  However, we have real difficulty entering the job market, sustaining our employment, or creating our own work as entrepreneurs. Last week, a fellow from a local technical-business incubator spoke […]
October 8, 2014

What Does Feminine Mean, When You’re Autistic?

Having grown up here in North America, I’ve never felt particularly feminine.  In our culture, it means you’re supposed to: like pink (nothing against it, but it’s not my colour) speak cryptically (so the powerful males don’t shut you down) engage in mystifying, toxic and painful practices to “look right” […]

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