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 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Talking about autism/AS in podcast

Posted: 05 Jan 2018, 9:35 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 162


For almost nine months, I’ve been doing a podcast to much positive feedback among friends. While I have mentioned the fact that I have autism/AS in passing on earlier episodes, I’ve never done a deep dive (i.e., dedicating an entire show) to it. I’m quite leery of what the reaction will be when this...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Never missed my Mom more

Posted: 10 Dec 2017, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 232


My mom has been gone six years, and I still miss her. I also felt as though my functioning went downhill and all my weaknesses were exposed after she died. I realized what a nothing I was: no friends, no driver's license, unmarried, no chance at ever meeting anyone, hopeless. I still cry today and ...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 09 Dec 2017, 2:26 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


So good of u to volunteer!! ! Can I ask what’s the salvage room? It's where area supermarkets send their unsold perishable inventory -- often meat products, frozen foods -- and are given to the less fortunate in our 19-county area. Rarely, we also help family shelters and provide bedding, toys and ...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 30 Nov 2017, 8:53 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


VegetableMan wrote:
My mother passed in May, so I can emphasize with the way you're feeling right now. All the best to you during this difficult time.


Thanks

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: I’ve had a really bad day

 Post subject: I’ve had a really bad day
Posted: 25 Nov 2017, 5:09 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 114


There have been times today where I felt sad; maybe the joy of Thanksgiving has already subsided, perhaps. But, my Dad told me today during a discussion about how much to spend for Christmas presents, I didn’t really give him anything for Father’s Day (other than a card, presumably). In that moment,...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Felt a bit depressed last night

Posted: 25 Nov 2017, 1:45 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 107


kraftiekortie wrote:
What's your employer's plan? If it's GHI, it just might cover therapy visits. You have to get someone in the "network," though.


Right now, it’s Cigna

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Felt a bit depressed last night

Posted: 25 Nov 2017, 10:40 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 107


On the way to and going home from being out with friends last night, I felt a bit sad and depressed. The source was my Dad worrying about me more since my Mom passed earlier this year, and also could've been the start of the holiday season here in the States (a handful of the houses I drove past had...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Crossed paths with two old friends this weekend

Posted: 25 Nov 2017, 10:22 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 235


In the run up to and during this holiday weekend here in the states, I had encounters with two friends of mine from my high school days: one at a wine tasting at a liquor store in my old hometown, the other just this morning while out grocery shopping. While I was happy during the former and surpris...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 25 Nov 2017, 10:11 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


I'm so sorry about you losing your mom this year. I lost my cousin a couple of weeks ago and am just dealing with the grief myself, worrying about how I'll handle the holidays; I was really looking forward to seeing her for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'll pass on the advice that my therapist has b...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Career advancement from local chapter of Autism Society

Posted: 10 Nov 2017, 6:45 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 240


I was thinking about utilizing the career advancement opportunities and find a new job; of course, finding and ultimately getting a new gig would mean informing my Dad about such, and I both dread and look froward to that moment (especially with what we've been dealing with for the last few months)....

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 3:30 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


I'm sure your mother would want you to have fun with the other members of your family. If you have a Costco nearby (and can afford it), you could get great stuff for a "potluck." You can make it so that they don't know it came from Costco. Especially if you get along with your dad, you co...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 3:16 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


I'm so sorry about you losing your mom this year. I lost my cousin a couple of weeks ago and am just dealing with the grief myself, worrying about how I'll handle the holidays; I was really looking forward to seeing her for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'll pass on the advice that my therapist has b...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Autism/AS and coping with grief during the holidays

Posted: 02 Nov 2017, 8:01 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 299


As you're well aware, Halloween has come and gone and the specter of Christmas and New Year's seems to loom larger than ever. (Here in the US, Thanksgiving informally ushers in the holiday season, FYI.) The last two months of the year have been my favorite part of same, filled with both parents' bir...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Tips for networking

 Post subject: Tips for networking
Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 6:54 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 308


There's this informal (no suits, ties, what have you) networking event early next week that I'm interested in attending; any tips to ensure it's successful?

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Interested in self-advocacy

Posted: 01 Oct 2017, 6:35 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 223


I've started a small support group in my hometown. My advice? Don't wait for permission to start your group. I asked around for ages and ages for various mental health establishments to support my idea, but I never got any responses. Eventually I just started it up on my own. Right now we're very s...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Interested in self-advocacy

Posted: 30 Sep 2017, 3:10 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 223


This may be a bit far for ya, but the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has a chapter in NYC: https://www.meetup.com/ASAN-NYC/?_cookie-check=Td_w5KGIsg6lgv5R You can also check Meetup.com for other Autistic/aspie advocacy groups in your area. You're right; maybe starting such a Meetup group wouldn't b...
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