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  1. A

    Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024 2024-03-28

    A series of talks on neurodiversity
  2. Kavigant

    Anyone else hate Halloween?

    To me, it just feels like a world full of strangers constantly sending my brain signals of danger. It feels like ugly colors, ugly masks, ugly behavior by people hiding behind ugly masks. And adults acting childish (rather than childlike, which can be wonderful), spending hundreds of dollars...
  3. autism-and-autotune

    Can someone help me decode this message?

    I'm trying not to analyze it or decode it or dwell on it too much; I'll need to think, but some perspective of others would be helpful. Thanks in advance. I am wary because I simply don't know if they are sincere, or trying to lure me back in as narcissists are wont to do.
  4. autism-and-autotune

    More...well, less-known and more 'casual' forms of neglect?

    What are some more casual, less-recognizable forms of parent-to-offspring neglect? Is this what happened to me? For starters, during high school I was not allowed to eat breakfast. My mother had very sensitive hearing and conveniently the bedroom was right above the kitchen, and apparently me...
  5. AspiAngie

    Autism and handling funerals when a family member passes

    I know I will have a funeral soon as my dear uncle passed away just yesterday evening/night. My mom and I were able to see him during the day, and she had a feeling this would be our last visit with him alive. He was so weak he could only grunt and could not even open his eyes. But he was aware...
  6. autism-and-autotune

    Misdiagnosis, or missed diagnosis?

    I know I vent on here about my family a lot, and maybe it's best to not give in to anger all the time but sometimes it's as if I have no choice. Recently I've been able to access my IEP from high school, and this is the first opportunity I've had to read it post-diagnosis. What a ride...
  7. autism-and-autotune

    Vent/need for advice? I'm feeling a lot of intrusive thoughts regarding revealing my diagnosis.

    Thanks in advance; this may just be endless word regurgitation. Lately, I have had immense feelings of just wanting to reveal my diagnosis via the Facebook, where all my family could see it (as well as friends and connections of the past). I would, of course, block my parents beforehand, as...
  8. Georgia Galaxy

    Cool Article that Comforts Me

    As someone who has actually suffered from thinking, "Does my own family think I'm weird?" And many other things as someone with Aspergers', this article comforts me a lot. Special interests I believe that I also tend to have rigid thinking, and many times have thought, "People are not going to...
  9. autism-and-autotune

    I finally said no to my father--THANK YOU to all those who helped!

    It's been an issue on my mind for the past couple weeks, but thanks to a lot of you on a different thread, I was encouraged to face my fears and fully close the book on what would've been an unfinished page. To the summons of my father for a funeral, which demanded (not asked or requested) I...
  10. C

    What social pressures do families with autism face?

    Hi, I am doing a research project into potential social pressures families face due to having a family member with autism. If you are interested, please feel free to participate. Thankyou. Here is the link to the survey- Google Forms: Sign-in
  11. autism-and-autotune

    Do I have a right to be angry, or is it childish?

    I'm the only member of a family of four who has had the opportunity to learn of my neurodivergence and do something about it. I highly suspect that both my parents have things going on in their brains, but due to not being willing to address said divergencies, both my older sibling and I were...
  12. kityoume

    what is your relationship with your family?

    What feelings do you have for your relatives? I feel affection only for my mother, and the rest of the relatives feel almost like strangers to me, but at the same time I feel the fear that if I do not communicate with them, I will be left without potential help from them. for a long time I...
  13. shadowmyl

    My family members probably hate me because I am different

    Hello, I am 17 and self-diagnosed with social anxiety and autism. Since I was little, I have always had a hard time around my family members, especially when we meet with my aunt's family. As my cousins are exactly the same age as my sister and I, so one is 17 and the other is 21, we have been...
  14. Stuttermabolur

    Did/do you call your family members by their names?

    Starting from when I was four, I called every member of my family by their given names. I didn't call my parents "mom" and "dad", or even my grandparents "grandma" and "grandpa" or anyone else for that matter. It made sense to me as a kid, because potentially every adult is a mom or a dad, while...
  15. M

    How did you feel about yourself and other people when you were a child?

    I'm curious how autism affected the way people here felt early in their life when they were less than 10 years old and if things are different now that you're older. The main questions I'm interested in are: Did you feel like other people liked you? Did you feel like you belonged? What did you...
  16. jleeb05

    Abusive Upbringing

    As some of you know, I practice child welfare law, which means I represent children who have been abused or neglected by their caregivers. Several members of this forum have mentioned abusive upbringings or traumatic childhoods. While I was subject to pretty intense bullying, my family was...
  17. G

    Is life for Aspies actually getting harder now than it was in the past?

    I really should be working on my website but, I don’t know I just feel the urge to post this now, as it’s been on my mind for the past few days; is life actually getting harder for us Aspies?? It seems like the majority of older Aspies and autistic folk on here are married and have a family and...
  18. zozie

    It's official: Me and my kids are diagnosed autistic

    Just got back from that award-winning doctor, who actually saw both my older and younger kid, and me, and he and his team diagnosed us all. The whole thing took four hours, including the ADOS-2, and we felt seen as people. They offered some great resources. So now it's official. I can get the...
  19. AndyTrunks

    Shining some light on Insecurities - How autism affects siblings.

    Editor's Note: Having actually written it all out in one big page really puts things into perspective. That's some damn impressive levels of insecurity I have about myself there lol. Having said that though, I’ve decided to post what i wrote, as is. instead of putting it back in the box. I think...
  20. M

    Stories of relatives

    A good friend came by today, he's in the middle of arranging a very quiet funeral for a relative who passed away recently. And he's having difficulty as the executor with siblings and other family members. It reminded of the difficulties of family and relatives and the things that happen under...
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