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Threads – Expressions of PosAutivity #AutismPositivity2014

By Alex Forshaw

#AutismPositivity2014FlashblogIn the three-or-so years since I started this blog after recognizing I was autistic, I have come a long way in my understanding of autism and of myself. I have found myself, together with other autistic people, parents, advocates and allies, as a member of an extended online community that in my experience sets the standard for friendliness and mutual support.

Most of all, I feel fully accepted by my peers for who I am. Among my circle of friends, most of whom I have never met in person, I feel safe. These online spaces — blogs, social media — are a kind of refuge to which I can retreat when Real Life threatens to overwhelm me. In honor of that here is my contribution to the 2014 Autism Positivity Flash Blog.


Like the Norse of long ago
Whose Norns would weave the threads of lives,
Warp and woof and who could know
When theirs would end with flashing knives,
Live your life from day to day
As if each sunrise were your last.
Friends and love: for these I pray;
All else is moot, the runes are cast.

“God does not play dice,” it’s said,
And Chaos rules the universe.
‘Til the day you wind up dead
You play the hand you’re dealt at birth.
Should you feel you have no choice
And all is written in the stars,
Listen to your inner voice;
Accept yourself for who you are.

New threads join: new friends, a wife,
And how it ends I cannot say.
Grasp the threads that form your life
And weave your pattern your own way.


Discovering that I am autistic was a positive experience for me. I was finally able to understand why I am different from so many of the people around me. It gave me a structure on which to build my self-understanding. From understanding grew acceptance which blossomed into love: I love my autistic self.

As I have mentioned many times before I have made a number of friends within the autism community. From the first person with whom I connected online, Bird, my circle grew and there are too many loving, supportive friends for me to mention them all. But it seems unfair not to recognize at least some of the people who hold a special place in my heart. So, in no particular order, …

(I know there are many people I have not mentioned, and I apologize to those I did not list here.)

Original post at: http://bjforshaw.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/expressions-of-posautivity-autismpositivity2014/

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Aidan on Friendship #AutismPositivity2014

By Helen Le Brocq

In the last two months I have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance and friendship of some of the most glorious people I have ever had the privilege to know. And the wonderful thing is that they are all either autistic, neurodiverse, or autism parents. They have shared their insights with me through their own blogs and have taught me so much about what it is to be autistic. They have enriched my life beyond measure with their intelligence, compassion and brilliant writing.
Here I mention the inimitable Brent White, and his blog which you can find here: http://alacosta-acat.org/2014/03/26/he-is-sitting-in-a-chair-a-description-of-friendship/
I mention Alex Forshaw, and her warm and wonderful blog here: http://bjforshaw.wordpress.com/
I mention Renee Salas and the purity of vision she has given me: http://srsalas.com/
And artist, Sonia Boue, who has been my guide and inspiration throughout. Her website and own flash blog you can find here: http://soniaboue.co.uk/section594319.html
This is my first ever blog really and it comes in honour of the Autism Positivity Flash Blog Day 2014. I want simply to add my voice to these many voices that have been inspiring and guiding me. There have also been so many others, it would take me an age to list, and I am so grateful to you all.
I am Helen Le Brocq, I am a proud autism parent and wife. I am Director of OYAP Trust, a youth arts charity based in Oxfordshire, England. I am a theatre practitioner by trade, and I now develop irresistible projects for young people to engage with artists and transform their lives through creativity. My practice is to develop projects that help every young person find and value their own unique creative voice. We often deliver arts projects, especially film and animation, with our young ASC artists; they have always produced work that has been unexpected and full of delight!
So finally and most importantly I want to introduce you to my ten year old son, Aidan Luck. He has atypical Asperger’s and ADHD. He is funny, quirky, adorably affectionate, kind and loving – and it turns out he is very wise! And he is the greatest gift you could ever hope for – I would not change a single thing about him.
I made this short film with him recently for Sonia and Brent, and now I would like to share it on this #AutismPositivity2014 day. It’s his voice that matters, and I add it to help grow acceptance and pride in our autistic children, brothers and sisters.
It’s just a little thing, but I offer it with love.
This is Aidan Luck, also on the subject of friendship.
Screen Shot of Aiden's Film

Screen Shot of Aiden’s Film


Here is the link to Aiden’s short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNveIf_r-7Q


Original post at: http://luckyleb.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/expressions-of-posautivity-autismpositivity2014%E2%80%B3/

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