“I have diabetes, and I have a tortie cat who wakes me up when my blood sugar goes low. She starts by gently tapping my face with her paw. If that doesn't work, she licks me. If THAT doesn't work, she bites my nose!”
“Nigel, there are many groups and pages on Facebook for people with autism and Asperger's. If you want to contact me through Facebook I can point you to several. http://www.facebook.com/rainbowgoddess”
“I'm wondering something. Has anything been done about the original reason this boy refused to go to school -- that is, the bullies? It's great that he has a dog and that the dog helps him, but if he gets bullied again, then he will probably refuse to go to school again, dog or no dog. Somebody has to stop these bullies. They committed physical assault against this boy, which is illegal, as far as I know. If they are not punished, then they will keep doing it, either to Nick or to other children whom they perceive as "different."”
“I am autistic. Is my existence such a horrible thing? Should I have never been born?”
Gael R Murphy on Sep 26, 2013 at 16:05:58
“I'm for zero population growth. Yet, to me, each child who has been born is welcome and equally important and good. Caring for children with autism is difficult, but each child is of equal value. I am glad that Mellissa's children and the eloquent, Rainbow Goddess, are here with us all. I want fewer people so that each person has all he needs for happiness. German type Eugenics would result in the loss of wonderful people just because we are not all the same. I want all kinds of people - just fewer overall!”
sabelmouse on Sep 11, 2013 at 05:26:10
“you're on the ads spectrum. probably highly functioning. you might think differently if you were not functioning at all and had neither parents nor other people to take care of you.
personally i'd rather prevent my child having autism or any disability for that matter. that doesn't mean that i wouldn't want them to exist. i know that there are some nasty people out there talking about eugenics but that's not me. as someone with neuro issues myself i'd rather not have them, i'd rather my children didn't and having them has often made me not want to live.”
“I'm autistic. I've been in love four times. Two of my partners have been female. Two of them have been male. I've been with my current partner for 15 years. Some of my autistic friends are married. Some have kids. Anything is possible.”
“Children do not outgrow autism. They learn to cope, they learn skills, and they develop. They lose symptoms; they do not lose autism. It's sort of like diabetes; if I take my insulin, take care with my diet and get enough exercise, I don't show any symptoms of diabetes, but that doesn't mean I don't have it. I have been told that I don't show any obvious signs of autism, but I do indeed have a diagnosis, and I am still autistic.”
“"When was the last time you checked you're other messages." Seriously? I expect better grammar from a supposedly professional publication than that. No, I'm not checking "I am" other messages; I'm checking MY other messages.”
“Here's what I'm wondering. I'm seeing many, many stories being shared by parents of autistic kid. Why is no one asking autistic adults how we feel? Why is no one publishing the stories of autistic adults? Is it because we're not cute and cuddly? Is it because despite what anyone says, people are still afraid of us? I'm autistic, and I'm an adult. In times of immense frustration, social or sensory overload or communication breakdown, I sometimes have outbursts -- verbal, not physical. Yet I would never hurt another living being. I fear ever having to defend myself from a physical attack because I honestly can't even bring myself to slap another person. I also fear that I will be stereotyped once again as "weird" and, yes, "dangerous" due to my being weird.”
LynnBarnstorm13 on Dec 18, 2012 at 04:23:08
“I felt the same as you when I found out just a few years ago I have Asperger's at 48. I just recently (over a month ago) published a book about it.
The only things I saw were obnoxious people on the TV that said they wanted to "cure" us. I was glad and proud of it! I could look back and see how it caused me problems, but also how it solved others.
It's funny to think life was one way and the difference, almost like looking back at a new person.
We are information-oriented and not so much socially-oriented. Many of are fanatics in the arts and sciences, and we can give back to people through our interests, if possible, I try to talk about it as much as I can to inform people about the good things about it. We have to be our own goodwill ambassadors.
There are interesting discussions on Wrongplanet. There is also a very good activist group I am a member of Autistic Self Advocasy Network. There are many people that feel like you do and can relate to you and your experiences, or petitions to sign when things are wrong.
People often just see the negative stuff. We can be kind and caring or psychopaths like anyone else. Those of us that use it for the good are not interested in a cure, though. We can even be the solution!”
frosteetoes on Dec 17, 2012 at 23:38:11
“I agree. Autistic adults need to be proactive, like Temple Grandin. We need books, insight and histories of adults like you who are on the spectrum so that it can help parents raise our kids on the spectrum. Maybe even careers in counseling these kids. We need you. Btw, weird is cool. I'm not on the spectrum but was considered weird and it's only since I've become an adult I really appreciate my weirdness. :)”
“So once again we have a suspect in a mass killing labelled autistic. What joy for those of us on the autism spectrum to once again be associated with a mass murderer, just like in Aurora and Virginia Tech. How about you NOT report speculation from someone who has not even seen the suspect in a few years and doesn't sound like he is even certain what his brother was diagnosed with? No, instead you go along like sheep and now once again autistic people are marginalized and ostracized.”
endlessbliss313 on Dec 15, 2012 at 05:33:35
“the aim is to blame the weapon and not the person
so they say his mental state made him do it which is obviously a lie because where are all the other mass murders by autistic people?”
Arkay Johnston on Dec 15, 2012 at 04:22:31
F&F At You LIVE!
Arkay Johnston on Dec 15, 2012 at 04:21:54
“It's not just the autistic getting the tar brush here--ANYBODY with a severe mental illness (such as myself) is now seen as a "threat to the community" that we live in.
It will only be a matter of time before some folks start demanding (again) that anybody who is "not right in the head" (even those of us who manage our illnesses rather well) be shipped off to some "asylum" (preferably out in some deserted area), to be warehoused for the rest of our lives. All of which is to be done, of course "in the name of public safety."
The vicious circle of stigmatization, that follows such a horrid event as this, will never go away...until the day that the "normies" wake up and realize that what affected the shooter-in-question can just as easily affect THEM or THEIR FAMILIES!
Lose the tar brush, folks--that shooter could just as easily have been YOU!
“While I am happy to see that there are more programs to help young autistic adults find work and to prepare them for the workplace, I wish there were more programs that were for ALL ages. I'm an autistic adult who wasn't diagnosed until my mid-30s, and I spent an entire decade living on government assistance and trying (and failing) to work at minimum-wage jobs that were completely unsuited for me because they required too many people skills.”
Jesse Long on Apr 8, 2013 at 13:18:26
“I'm there in that boat right now and I have been previously diagnosed with having a form of autism myself (Aspberger's Syndrome). Sadly, it looks like I'm going to have to go through that don-and-pony show again with my new therapist/psychiatrist/psychologist/whatever but this time, I'll at least have more resources in my favor this go around, not like when I was living in the middle of the desert in Nevada.”
Oct 8, 2012 at 02:53:55
“You tweeted about this by calling it "bathroom bill" the same way Rob Anders did. You are as irresponsible as he is. The bill is not about bathrooms yet your tweet made it sound as if the bill is only about bathrooms. This is a stupid, irresponsible way to get attention for your articles.”
“I haven't heard of most of them to begin with, whether they're British, American or Canadian. But how can people not know that Hugh Laurie is British? Have they never watched "A Little Bit of Fry and Laurie" or "Jeeves and Wooster" or "Blackadder"?”
Aug 11, 2012 at 02:54:17
“"Carcinogenic"? Why would I want to send someone a substance that causes cancer? Even if they smelled bad, I wouldn't want them to get cancer. That's going a little overboard. "You smell bad, so I'm giving you cancer."”
PUAdropout on Aug 11, 2012 at 04:49:21
“there's a free after that, caught me up at first too”
Apr 24, 2012 at 17:51:20
“Once again you conflate "diabetes" and "obesity" without acknowledging the millions of people who have type 1 diabetes and are not obese. We are constantly blamed for a disease that cannot be prevented or cured, just treated. We are treated as pariahs and blamed for the "Cost to society" even though we can't do anything about it. You also don't even mention how much it costs the individual person who has diabetes -- thousands of dollars a year, even in countries with universal health care.”
opprobrious on Apr 24, 2012 at 22:18:43
“You're not a pariah and you don't deserve to be treated as such. While I have Type-2, I completely understand how much more difficult it is to have Type-1 AND I also fully appreciate the fact that you don't have it as a consequence of lifestyle or diet.”
Hjorlejf on Apr 24, 2012 at 22:16:28
“It's plenty preventable in most cases - those in which it is caused by poor diet and physical innactivity.”
Feb 26, 2012 at 15:52:52
“"Belly fat is visceral fat, meaning it lies deeper below the skin and surrounds our organs, leading to problems like heart disease, diabetes"
Type 1 diabetes is not caused by fat, and I'm tired of people throwing out the word "diabetes" every time anyone carries a few extra pounds. Not all diabetes is the same, and not all diabetes is caused by fat.”
ArtsyJane on Feb 27, 2012 at 13:30:15
“Type 2 Diabetes is not caused by fat, but is related to fat, as in correlation rather than causation. At least initially. People who consume excess quantities of sugar and processed, white carbohydrates tend to be both fat and diabetic or pre-diabetic. Both overweight and diabetes are caused by the excessive dietary habits. Overweight that comes from metabolic unbalance also tends to gather in the abdominal area, more so than the legs, hips, etc. Which is why they speak of visceral fat- because visceral fat is linked to metabolic issues in particular, which include inability to properly process sugar among other things (aka diabetes.)”