Fuck Yeah Aspergers Robot

Hello fellow aspie-heads.

I made this blog to express various aspie-related jokes and memes. Or otherwise general ASD/Neurodiverse memes.

Over time its evolved into an advice blog. I'd like it to be primarily memes but I'm really happy to answer questions, and I get way more questions than I do submissions!

I chose a robot because-- well, obviously AS individuals can be a little less feeling and a lot more logical. But as Johnny Five shows us, Robots can still feel.

Feel free to submit as many Asperger Syndrome related memes as you want, for your own experiences or even friend's. All I ask is that you be courteous to others.

I'm not a professional, just a fellow ASD individual~
~ Saturday, September 20 ~
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boycottautismspeaks:

After almost a year of grassroots activism, Boycott Autism Speaks has made real progress in revealing to the general public how Autism Speaks works against our community. We have reached out to their sponsors, and saw both Panera Bread and Build-A-Bear Workshop ending their partnerships. We have a long way to go, but have made some significant gains! Our voices are being heard!

Every social justice movement needs the commitment and hard work of many, and we truly appreciate the efforts of each and every one of you who have joined the boycott, called, e -mailed, sent letters and advocated locally for an end to the dehumanizing and harmful rhetoric of Autism Speaks. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of Autistic people. For too long, Autism Speaks has talked about our lives, and the lives of our families in ways that disrespect, stigmatize and exploit us. Together, we are changing that!

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Image Description: Background is a brownish color with lighter color brown circles. Left hand side is the Boycott Autism Speaks symbol  and on the right hand side is the ASAN symbol. Text reads Join us! Boycott Autism Speaks & Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Washington state are teaming up to protests the Seattle Autism speaks Fundraising Walk Saturday September 27 10 am at Seattle Center . Details at http://asan-wa.tumblr.com/post/97844633835/of-protests-and-boycotts

As we continue to boycott and demand change, we are also very excited to announce that Boycott Autism Speaks will be teaming up with The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Washington State to protest the Seattle Walk for Autism Speaks on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center at 10 a.m. . We encourage all who are interested to join us.

For more information:

http://asan-wa.tumblr.com/post/97844633835/of-protests-and-boycotts

Looks like I’m joining a boycott :’D


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Anonymous said: There's a girl I really want to talk to in my gym but when given the chance the anxiety comes on then I look at everything else and I think about doing other stuff. I can spar with her but not talk. It makes me feel like I'm not a normal person.

I’m going to borrow this as a long winded platform that can apply to a general theme that can apply to any hardship one might face in the social world, so bear with me.

I understand the feeling like you’re different, or struggling with something that seems easy for others, but I do also have an aversion towards the word “normal” or its usual company “weird”

I used to think that I was weird or special in some way, but diversity is abundant, no one is the same, and we all have our own struggles. Some may have more than others, and certain societal norms have influence on that, but normal and weird are just far too black and white of terms to have any merit.

So my first word of advice to everyone who reads this is to keep yourself out of that nasty self-destructive habit of thinking of yourself under some blanket label like “weird/not normal” — why, because it taints your thought process. It is a statement that “I am this entire being of failure” instead of “I am struggling with this situation” which immediately puts you in a position of negativity and self doubt.

Now I can point out that other people have this same struggle, TONS of people have this struggle, and on varying levels of severity and causes. But that’s not the point, it doesn’t matter if the entire world does it or if only you do it, what matters is that you are uncomfortable with this and see it as a problem, and you’re struggling with it.

Its okay to struggle with things, it doesn’t make you bad, or weird, or hopeless. It just means you have some adversity to overcome, and you will overcome it. It will take time, energy, and forgiveness for yourself when you inevitably make another mistake and the process starts all over again. But, each time you take that step its another step up in self growth and boy, that is a WONDERFUL thing.

So for you, and for everyone, take the problems one at a time. For you its talking to this woman in the gym. Set a goal; you want to talk to her. Simple, easy, achievable. Now recognize the starting point; you’re anxious when you attempt to talk and have difficulty focusing These are your two basic building blocks.

Now you pick your first step, something easy, something preplanned. With talking to people its usually fairly easy. Start with something like “Hey, how are you?” add in mundane conversation and then a “see you around!” and once you’re comfortable with that work your way up.

Only you can come up with a goal and strategy, because it is largely based on what you are comfortable with. Make small accomplishments and your confidence will grow, eventually overcoming the anxiety and fear responses.

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~ Monday, September 8 ~
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You’re not broken, stop trying to “fix” yourself

Just be you. Learn how to be you. Learn how to be yourself in healthy and effective ways… I promise the rest will fall into place.

Tags: Please I get really upset knowing that people hate parts of themselves just because others didn't accept it I understand its a challenge but its you and you're so precious a world without diversity would be a dull and horrible place cherish your unique traits because they are so so SO wonderful
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From memegen

Protip: Try having people give you tight hugs. People tend to think “You don’t like to be touched so I’ll touch you very gently” and this only exasperates the sensitivity, but people on the spectrum tend to enjoy a lot of parasympathetic stimuli, so a tight hug is similar to a weighted blanket if done right! I say try though because it might not work for everyone.

From memegen

Protip: Try having people give you tight hugs. People tend to think “You don’t like to be touched so I’ll touch you very gently” and this only exasperates the sensitivity, but people on the spectrum tend to enjoy a lot of parasympathetic stimuli, so a tight hug is similar to a weighted blanket if done right! I say try though because it might not work for everyone.

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~ Friday, September 5 ~
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Anonymous said: I'm a girl with aspergers and I was diagnosed when I was about 6 and again when I was about 8. I had an IEP at school and at this point haven't been to school for about two years. Some people say I have aspergers and others say I have a personality disorder. I relate to a lot of the things on your page. Thank you!

Why not both! Co-morbidity between aspergers and other diagnoses like personality disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders are fairly common. People respond to the stress of living in an NT world in different ways.

I’m sorry to hear about that though. I hope, if you’re still interested in education, you can find something that fits your needs. The amount of people on the spectrum who have to find alternative schooling is so incredibly high, especially when many have very high IQ scores. The social aspect of schooling is undeniable.

I’m glad you relate and take comfort in this blog, I wish you all the best!

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Anonymous said: Do you know of any good, unique aspergers sensory toys?

Well! I know a place that has a ton of sensory toys that are fairly priced! Try office playground.You can even search by sensation “sticky, stretchy, gooey” etc. And by fairly priced I mean there’s a section of things under 2 dollars! Affordable, my favorite word.

I highly suggest items like this over “asperger toys” because those tend to be overpriced versions of the same things sold by companies trying to take advantage of the diagnoses. :c Boo on them!

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Hello again, autistic tumblr friends!

ianthe:

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[princess Bubblegum yelling]

So for work, I’m currently working on revising/compiling/polishing a guide for Autistic youth in transition to adulthood about their options/important info re:

  • employment
  • healthcare
  • home & community-based services
  • relationships & sexuality
  • housing
  • post-secondary education

If anyone wants to tell me personal accounts (that you would not mind being included in this transition guide, name can be redacted/changed) about your experiences with any of these things:

  • Transition planning (if you had an IEP)
  • Who helped you with your decisions about what you were going to do after graduating high school
  • What kinds of big decisions you had to make about what you were going to do after graduating high school
  • How you weighed options/made a plan for yourself
  • How you planned out what supports you’d need after graduating

Also, any personal accounts/insights of of navigating growing up autistic and dealing with transitions to:

  • new employment
  • healthcare
  • relationships/sexuality,
  • or housing

Basically, tell me a little bit about how you’re currently navigating transitioning into being an autistic adult, or your experience with that transition, or any advice for other autistic youth in transition!

Message me or shoot me an email at idempsey@autisticadvocacy.org so we can talk :D

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Anonymous said: So I am a recently unofficially diagnosed Aspie. The person who helped me figure it out has a degree in psychology and I fully trust her judgment. I don't want to be officially diagnosed, because even as high functioning as I am a diagnoses might interfere with my chosen career path. I want to try to meet up and sorta network with other neurodivergent people, but I fear that being as NT-passing as I am I might not be welcomed or something. It's probably an irrational fear, but do you have advice

I do not think its necessarily an irrational fear! There’s a large stigma against undiagnosed individuals… that said, I think its a silly standard that has no place in the community.

The stigma was born as a defense against NTs pretending to be on the spectrum for whatever reason, be it attention or simple undereducation on the topic… But I don’t believe people who are on the spectrum should be forced to suffer for someone else’s actions.

As you said, you do not want to have to deal with the possible repercussions of having a diagnosis, and that’s perfectly understandable. And to diverge a little to those who are wondering how to be sure you are on the spectrum without receiving professional assistance in a diagnosis: research and understanding is the best— and then, trust those who know you (to some degree). The best way to verify something is to try and disprove it. If you can’t disprove it, you’re left with the alternative!

For you dear anon, my best advice would be to stay strong. Don’t let the fact that you’re NT-passing stop you, and don’t let anyone tell you that its any way less than or better than anyone else. Everyone’s struggles are there own, and there’s really no use in one-uping others, so ignore the people who try.

Furthermore, a lot of people who are “NT-passing” have given a lot of work and a lot of anxiety and stress into learning those traits. Even diagnosed I still hear “you’re so lucky” but when I first received diagnosis the paperwork was quite brutal! Poorly dressed, does not care about personal hygiene, flat affect, no expression, cared little about interviewers, interupted… I mean it was harsh! They were like “Woah this chick is bad at this” but now I’m being told that I’m so lucky that I’m high-functioning.

I also like to accept people into the community who aren’t on the spectrum but aren’t quite as “socially gifted” as others, as we can share a lot of the same problems. A lot of people are neurologically diverse, even if they’re not qualified for a disability. c: There’s a spectrum far larger than the autism spectrum!

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