How to Participate

Thanks for your interest in the AutismPositivity Flash Blog! We all look forward to seeing all the wonderful words, thoughts, and ideas that will be shared. To participate in this year’s #AutismPositivity2013 flash blog, which will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the last day of “Autism Acceptance Month”, please submit through the GOOGLE FORM – unlike last year, we will NOT be accepting submissions by blog comment, email, or facebook message – if you don’t use the google doc, we cannot guarantee that your post will make it to the list or the website. If you have any questions, we can be contacted at autismpositivity@gmail.com

This year’s theme is 1000 “Ausome’ Things”. Please click <here> for more details

There are several ways to participate:

Once you have written your post and/or made your picture, please put it up on your own blog, and leave us a link by submitting it to the GOOGLE FORM. We will add your link to the “links” page of the website.

Additionally, we are hoping to build this site up as a major resource for autistic individuals and family/friends who are looking for support. As such, we would love to reprint as many of the submissions as possible as blog entries here. When sending us your link, please let us know if you give permission for your post to be reprinted here, and on the Tumblr. If so, we will reprint your post, adding the following line at the top: “From <your blog, with link>, reprinted here with permission of the author”.

If you do not have a blog, and still want to participate, that’s fantastic! We have already received several submissions, and look forward to posting these and more. Please send your entry to autismpositivity@gmail.com and we will post it tomorrow as a blog entry here. If you have a twitter account you’d like linked, we’ll include that in the post title, so that it links to you. You can also leave it as a comment here.

If you don’t have time to write, or don’t want to submit anything, but still want to participate, you can help by connecting with other social media and sharing the posts from the flash blog.
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Thank you for your contributions to help make the world a safer and happier place for those on the Autism Spectrum. :)

146 responses to “How to Participate

  1. Steph Diorio

    As mentioned on Twitter, Asperger’s Illustrated is in and is very excited about this project! Post is written and scheduled to go up at 10 am on the 30th.

    For now, I’ll just link http://aspergersillustrated.blogspot.com.

  2. Shelly

    My son is four years old and has autism. He has taught me what love really is. He has taught me patience, empathy, kindness, and selflessness. Autistic people are not judgmental, they rarely lie, and they view the world through logical eyes. Without autistic people we wouldn’t have engineers, scientists, and safety protocol experts. Autistic traits are needed for our society to function. I understand that having autism can be difficult in a world of neurotypicals, but many people are working very hard to spread autism awareness and to teach others to be more mindful of those who have autism. Very soon in the near future everyone will know what autism is and it will no longer matter what the “norm” is. There doesn’t need to be a ” norm.” We all just need to be accepting of each other.

  3. I was diagnosed with aspergers 2002. I struggled throughout college in early 1990s and not sure if warning signs were arriving back then, but I did graduate with a C average. Autistic people, aspies and people with disabilities want respect, acceptance as we are and appreciation for their uniqueness. Though autism and aspergers affect each individual diffrently, I’m still learning what aspergers is… I know what I’ve experienced from it, but doesn’t mean I know what it is. anyhow, I want to be valued for achievements and my struggles because trying new endeavors is better than giving up and I won’t ever give up because I like learning something new every day. Autistic and aspies population like to have the same normal definition as the non-disabled and accept that we are normal in our own individual ways, not by other’s opinions what they think normal is.

  4. bowderlp

    bowderlp says:
    April 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    My brother and I would have belonged on the “autism spectrum” if such a thing had been discovered in the 1950′s. He was on the more severe end, having also problems with ADHD, etc. and social and academic difficulties. He disliked school because of teasing and name-calling, and repeating grades. He didn’t learn to read until his 2nd time in 7th grade, when purely by chance he was assigned to a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Reed – (honestly) who took the time to figure out how his way of learning was “different” from the average. Although he is still a terrible speller (has everything proofread by family members), he graduated from Vocational School, and has had a successful career in building and contracting, has been a Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Chief in his town, is a first responder in climbing and ice rescues, and is a free-lance excavator, pole setter, and lighting rigger for large concert venues. He’s been married for 24 years, and has a son who is a robotics ace. Pretty good life for one who started so slowly.

    I myself would have been a “high-functioning Asperger’s child.” I loved school, learned to read at age 3 1/2, and despite bouts of extreme shyness, depression, anxiety and panic, (which have never entirely disappeared), made a so-so adjustment to social situations, got good grades, and found my niche in music and education. Aside from stage fright, which prevented any kind of solo or conducting career – (“they have an App for that now”) -I have been a life-long orchestra and band member, taught music for over 40 years (all ages & levels, and 15 years as a teacher of Music History at the University level) with a Master’s Degree in Music, and also earned a Master’s degree in Library Studies. I had a very happy marriage, and am helping to raise my 3 lovely (bonus) grandchildren. My “alter ego” is an outdoorsy person – I love camping, hiking, road trips, and am handing many of these life-skills down to my grandchildren. So, another success story. I hope these will give parents hope for their “different” children.
    Reply

    • I am so glad that you shared this here as well as on 30 Days of Autism.
      Thank you so much for sharing your perspective and experiences. These are the kind of stories that do give families and others hope. It is rewarding to hear that you and your brother found paths that brought you fulfillment and that you were able build your careers and lives using your interests and areas of strength. I have hope that my child will find just such fulfillment…

      I suppose that is what we wish all of our children.

    • Hello!

      I am a 44 year old woman who would have been diagnosed with “high-functioning autism” as a child growing up in the 1970s England. I too was extremely shy, withdrawn and felt personally alienated from my peers whom I could never relate to or socialize with (despite my mother’s well intended attempts). I learned to cope and compensate throughout my life, overcoming a learning disability (I can only retain the first 1-2 instructions) by becoming observant of myself and how I learned (I am a visual learner and process new information quite differently).

      The most amazing thing is that I have all my memories from childhood in vibrant colours when triggered by one of my senses, and can be in a past memory here and now as a movie playing, simply by producing the picture in which I formed the memory – if I was interested and paid attention or it was traumatic and I had no choice but to imprint it.

      I have taught myself to spell, even write and be inspiring. I still find it difficult to read and retain printed words but my imagination creates stories to help me.

      I am thankful that I wasn’t diagnozed and labelled during my childhood; I might never have come as far as I have in life!

      Thanks for listening!

      Nicola

      • Kris

        me, too! I can smell a particular fragrance; never know what it is, but it’s one that’s been around for awhile and popular with teachers, and it takes me straight back to the halls of second grade with apprehension, anticipation and all of those feelings of school and a new grade level.

  5. Thank you for organizing the Autism Positivity Flash Blog. I am a woman who had difficulties in childhood that remained unexplained because of limited diagnostic criteria. I was finally diagnosed on the spectrum at age 39. My blog entry will go live at 8 a.m. PST April 30. Here’s the home page: http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/

  6. I intend to participate! I will have a post up early on April 30th. Here’s a link to my home page: http://acoalescence.wordpress.com/. (I have a 19 year-old son with autism.)

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  8. Richard Colburn

    I wish I didn’t have Aspergers: #AutismPositivity2012

    Having Aspergers isn’t easy to live with for anyone, although being a Spectrum condition, some people with Aspergers (seem to) cope better than others – but for all we know those with Aspergers who seem to be coping well (which usually just means better than us) may go home every night and weep!

    The fact is that you do have Aspergers and that isn’t going to change.

    The wording of your search inquiry suggests two things.
    1. That you KNOW that you have Aspergers
    2. By definition that you are probably sufficiently intelligent to understand what this means, or at least to be able to find out what this means.

    Not everyone who has Aspergers realizes that they have Aspergers.
    – Some will discover this late in life
    – Others will never find out and live out their lives in continuing confusion

    At the very least, learning that you have Aspergers gives you an opportunity to clear up some of your confusion, perhaps a lot of confusion.

    You can choose whether or not you take that opportunity, an opportunity that others with Aspergers don’t have and may never have.

    The psychological stages following the diagnosis of Aspergers (self diagnosis or formal diagnosis) can be something like this, although not necessarily in this exact order.

    1. Surprise/Shock
    2. Curiosity
    3. Rerunning your life experience and discovering that they now make more sense (perhaps even perfect sense), in the context of Aspergers
    4. Sadness/grieving/shock
    5. Anger
    6. Denial
    7. Tolerance
    8. Acceptance – the end stage of a grief reaction

    People with Aspergers tend to be more interested and more talented in the physical world rather than the social world, there are exceptions.

    So while those with Aspergers may not be suited to working as a Maitre d’, or a Wedding planner, they are often very well suited to vocations in the physical world, in some cases much better suited than those who do not have Aspergers.

    The ranks of Science, higher Academia, Engineering, Information Technology, the traditional ‘professions, composers, writers, artists, actors, film directors and producers, musicians and inventors are awash with those who exhibited clear and strong Asperger traits.

    You are in good company.

    I would encourage you to work at getting to the acceptance stage of having Aspergers, perhaps with professional help, because Aspergers is going to continue to be your life long companion and non-acceptance will not make Aspergers disappear.

    I would then encourage you, to spend time discovering your passion, (you may have discovered this already) and then to follow this passion using your unique gifts and perspectives, whatever your stage of life happens to be.

    I wish you well.

    • Thank you Richard! This is wonderful, and thank you too for all of your efforts in supporting this event on Twitter :)
      Be the change…
      Leah

    • Richard Colburn

      Thank you Leah. It took me a while to get the words out. I wanted to contribute a post that would provide guidance and encouragement without preaching or lecturing and as you commented too, without being full of platitudes.

      The Flash blog posts so far have been great and fittingly a real Spectrum of experience and perspectives.

      I will be following each and every Flash blog poster who is on Twitter :-)

      Richard

  9. I absolutely love this!

    My post is up, as it is the 30th in Australia!

    http://www.katesaysstuff.com/2012/04/gift-of-autism.html

    • Hi Kate! Thanks so much for your post! :) I’ve added it to the links page (going live shortly!). Would you be willing to have us reprint this as a full blog entry here? (Giving you credit and linking back to your post of course. :))

  10. Thank you for organizing this event. I am the single-mother of a 12-year-old Aspie boy and 10-year-old Typie girl. My post is scheduled for 8 am April 30th. http://micheleschwien.com/

  11. Hi! I’m in Australia, and it’s the 30th here, so I’ve posted!
    http://this-is-not-what-i-signed-up-for.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/this-is-not-what-i-signed-up-for-to-i.html
    I’d be happy for you to post it in full on this blog too if you want to :-)
    Michelle

  12. I Have Asperger’s to ‘I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers': #AutismPositivity2012 – I Have Asperger’s: http://bit.ly/JURvyb

  13. Thanks so much for organizing this event. So happy to be able to participate. Here’s the link to my post which will be published at 1.00AM EST on April 30th :) http://wp.me/p1xPe7-aE

  14. Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful event! Hoping that this will give HOPE to so many! Here is the link to my post:

    http://iamjuju.com/2012/04/29/i-am-juju-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/

  15. christineinplaid

    Post is ready to go tomorrow. I love this movement! My blog is http://www.autism-island.com and I would also love to join the Autism Positivity Project. I believe deeply in this idea!

  16. christineinplaid

    Also, my post is going up tomorrow and I would love for you to repost it here. I’m proud of the post and the movement!

  17. christineinplaid

    Ooops. First comment didn’t post. I have a post going up at http://www.autism-island.com tomorrow morning. I love this movement. Also, I would love to join the Autism Positivity Project if your looking for new members!

    • Sorry about that! I hit “approve” but after your other comment… hate it when the internet eats comments. Anyhow, if you’re looking to help, please share the posts far and wide! :) If you have a twitter, we’ve designed them so they’ll post well to twitter (hopefully).. and blogs/facebook/other social media sharing is super great. Visibility is what we need :) Thanks so much for your support and interest!

  18. My post will be up at 2:30 a.m. PDT. (However, I will not be- hopefully!) Thank you for this brilliant idea and putting it all together. The link to my post is http://wp.me/p1hjQz-1nC or http://www.solodialogue.wordpress.com. You have my permission to republish it here if you wish. :)

  19. My post is up: http://profmomesq.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/profmomesq-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/ I sent an email as well, but just in case, please feel free to reprint with a link back. And, thank you so very much for the unbelievable organizational effort that went into (and is going into) this project. Beautiful!

  20. I LOVE this movement- thank you so much for creating it. Here is my entry, please fell free to share: http://spectrummymummy.com/2012/04/30/spectrummy-mummy-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/

  21. blucap

    Great idea indeed!

  22. blucap

    Great initiative indeed!

  23. I love this event. Have read a couple of blogs already and can’t wait to read the rest. Here is a link for my contribution. <3 http://morgansx6-aspergersrules-morgansx6.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/aspergers-rules-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html

  24. Hi, this is a great Idea. I have been slightly greedy as I was writing about 2 slightly different aspects I have tagged 2 posts to ‘I wish I didn’t have Asperger’s’. Please feel free to use either of them. The links are:http://violetsdiary.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/from-violetsdiary-a-message-to-my-son-if-he-ever-says-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/ and http://violetsdiary.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/violets-diary-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/

  25. I adore the Flash Blog Project! I am always humbled by the Autism community and love our social media presence. Here is my post, you have permission to re-publish if you wish.

    http://bit.ly/JW6ibQ

  26. arianezurcher

    Hi Everyone,
    I sent an email with the link to my post on Emma’s Hope Book, but am doing again here http://www.emmashopebook.com/a-letter-to-you-who-wrote-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers/ as I forgot to say, yes please repost in it’s entirety and use as you like. So happy to see the amazing turn out already and it’s only 9:30AM!

  27. I can’t wait to read the other posts. Thank you so much for organizing this event. Here’s a link to my post:
    http://wp.me/pEho1-Hv

  28. Howdy! I’ve just written my contribution – http://wp.me/p19r05-1V . Of course, you can repost it, as long as you link back to me.
    I’m glad to see loads of posts! Epic!

  29. I have my post up at my site: http://aquietweek.com/ My post link is: http://aquietweek.com/2012/04/30/a-quiet-week-in-the-house-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012-flash-blog/ I am honored to be amongst so many passionate members of our community and grateful to you for coming up with this lovely idea.

  30. danielleq

    I’ve written a rather long one! It seems I had a bit to say waiting… http://blog.danielleq.com/2012/04/danielleq-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html
    Posting just a few minutes before midnight on the 30th here in Australia :) Oh and please feel free to share / repost.

  31. danielleq

    I’m not sure if my comment disappeared, so sorry if I duplicate! I blogged, rather at length! Please feel free to share or repost.
    http://blog.danielleq.com/2012/04/danielleq-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html

  32. Quiet Contemplation

    Wonderful job E! I am so appreciative of all of your hard work on this site. My entry is at http://inneraspie.blogspot.com/2012/04/inner-aspie-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html . You also have my permission to re-post. Thank you!

  33. Jen

    Here is my link up for the event…You guys are awesome for orgnizing this! great job :) http://mom-ology.ca/wordpress/mom-ology-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-autismpositivity2012/

  34. Quiet Contemplation

    I so appreciate all of your hard work, E! Everything looks great! Here’s my post and please feel free to re-post: http://inneraspie.blogspot.com/2012/04/inner-aspie-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html

  35. Congrats on a job well done and outstanding participation. Here is the link to Life and Ink’s post and I would be honored to have it posted in its entirety on your site! http://wp.me/p1PxcV-16J
    Looks like you are having a wonderfully busy day!

  36. Just posted. Here’s my link: http://ouradventureswithriley.blogspot.ca/2012/04/to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers.html

    Please feel free to share/repost. Thanks for organizing such a great event!

  37. Wow, this was hard. Here’s my post: http://goo.gl/tji86

    You certainly may reprint it with attribution if you so desire!

    My Whac-A-Mole Life
    http://whac-a-mole-life.com

  38. Hi, just posted my entry. You can find it here: http://aspergermoeder.blogspot.com/2012/04/aspergermoeder-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html
    Awesome idea! So great to do something POSITIVE!!

  39. This FlashBlog is such a powerful idea. My contribution can be found at
    http://www.thecrowdednest.blogspot.ca. I give permission for it to be reprinted here.

    I cannot begin to say how moved I have been by the posts and comments I have read here.

    [Edited to add direct link to post:http://www.thecrowdednest.blogspot.ca/2012/04/to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers.html%5D

  40. Blog about my son Joe, who has autism and the things that have helped him. Here is the link http://autismwithjoe.blogspot.com/

  41. karenaspergersmom

    Here is a direct link to my entry. You have my permission to reprint it: http://confessionsofanaspergersmom.blogspot.com/2012/04/autismposivityday-flash-blog.html

  42. David Whitten

    Dear Friend:
    I am the parent of several kids with aspergers. I saw that you blogged “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers.” This made me a little sad. I don’t know you, but I suspect that what people call “Aspergers” in you is what makes you special and what will make you a success in life. I don’t want you to give up before you find this out!

    I hope you don’t mind my guessing about what makes you tick. I suspect that you have at least one great passion in your life, something that interests you so much that you would go to the ends of the earth to figure it out. Does this make you a little different? Yes. People without Aspergers divide their interests a lot of different ways. They don’t achieve the level of knowledge you have, and they don’t get the excitement you have in discovering the truth about what interests you most. Does this make you weird? No. It is what can make you a great person! Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bill Gates are considered as examples of Aspergers. Probably some of their friends thought they were weird in their time, but it didn’t stop them from following their goals until they reached them. You won’t hear a word about their friends, but you admire these people for their life achievements.

    I have one son who loves trains. He can identify any kind of train when it goes by. I have another who loves studying firemen and policemen. I am glad for them, because they have a passion they follow that makes them happy! Everybody should have this.

    Don’t let anybody put you down because you are not like them. Follow your dream wherever it leads you, and remember there are many people who think you are special, and will be proud of you for what you do with your life.

    David

  43. Here is my entry, written by my 13 year old daughter who has autism and a learning disability. Its her take on what it means to have autism and a learning disability. It made me cry with pride.
    http://jontybabe.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/true-message-of-autism-awareness.html
    You may reprint this on the site.

  44. Ummm, you’re probably gonna kick me but you can add me to the list. LOL

    http://fairytaleforgotten.blogspot.com/2012/04/to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers_30.html

    *facepalm*

  45. Hi – I love this idea. Thanks for creating it. Here is my post: http://aspectsofaspergers.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/the-happy-aspects-of-aspergers/ Feel free to share/repost.

  46. Added my own participation in a post titled Zero Regrets – Thanks for this great event! http://www.safireblade.com/

    • Beautiful, just beautiful. Thanks so much for participating! I have 2 questions for you… question 1: what is the permanent link to that post, so I can put it in the “links” tab. And question 2 – may we reprint it here on the main website (linking back to you, of course.) Thanks!

  47. tycamtech

    Mine is pretty late.. I had a busy day and this was kinda hard to write, to be honest.
    But I got it done. You can find it here: http://www.stuartduncan.name/autism/autismfather-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-an-autismpositivity2012-flash-blog-event/

    Also, feel free to reprint it if you so choose.

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  49. Hi! Can you add my blog to the list? It’s http://trydefyinggravity.wordpress.com thank you for this wonderful idea!

  50. I’ve got one at yesthattoo.blogspot.com. The post itself is at http://yesthattoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/yes-that-too-to-i-wish-i-didnt-have.html. Anyone who wants to copy the whole entry can do so as long as they include a link to either my blog in general or the article in specific in the post and say it came from there. :)

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