The Autistic Pride Award [500th Post]

As some of y’all are aware, it has become a little informal tradition on this blog to dedicate every 100th post to bouncing the focus and recognition back onto the Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum bloggers and the rest of the community in some way.

In the 100th post, I listed a few of the earliest blogs I found that really comforted me, with information and encouragement. ย After reading them, I felt very positive, understood, legitimate, validated, secure, and Not Alone.

In the 200th post, I gave a little shout-out to the Asperger’s/autism spectrum community online, especially within the context of social media. ย I had found Twitter a few months prior, and felt fully-embedded as a full-fledged card-carrying (grin) member of the community.

In the 300th post, I created a subject matter-categorized listing of some (OK, more than some–70) of my favorite blog posts that I thought were particularly relatable, informative, and helpful (although there are many more than just 70!).

In the 400th post, I encouraged everyone who wanted to, to post links to their own blogs, other websites, or books (or other creative works) in the comments.

For the 500th post (that’s this one, of course), I’m doing something a little off-the-wall (lol) and I’m hoping that it helps someone or that y’all have some fun with it.

Since this post also comes on the heels of Autistic Pride Day (yay!!), maybe this will have some extra meaning (?). ย It’s my way of also celebrating that. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what am I doing?

I’m creating a Blogger Award of sorts: The Autistic Pride Award.

Very relaxed and informal, of course. ย There’s no pressure. ย No having to think up people to tag and invite.

The rules are really simple…

  1. Whoever wants to participate, participate. ย I’m focusing primarily on Asperger’s/autistic people, of course, but anyone who supports autistic people and neurodiversity is welcome!
  2. Do link back to the blogger who gave you the idea
  3. Do link back to this blog as the original creator.
  4. Describe a bit about yourself. ย However much you feel comfortable saying.
  5. List your main “special interests” or areas of primary focus/niche specialties.
  6. If you’re on the spectrum yourself, describe why you’re proud to be Aspergian/autistic or what you like about being Aspergian/autistic.
  7. If you’re not on the spectrum yourself, you can use this opportunity to describe a loved one in your life who is and what makes them awesome, or you can explain what autism means to you and why you think the world would be a better place if it were to be more embracing of autism.
  8. (Of course, you can answer more than one! ย For example, someone who is autistic can also describe how much better the world would be if it was more open toward autism.)
  9. If you like, you can list other blogs or resources that are autism/neurodiversity-positive, to give them a shout-out, too.

That’s it. ๐Ÿ™‚

My main “special interests” are (a more thorough listing of past and present interests can be found here):

  • Natural and integrative medicine
  • Asperger’s/autism spectrum conditions (of course!)
  • Blogging (duh) ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Human biochemistry
  • Legos (how stereotypical of me, but it’s true!)
  • Digital art (gazing, collecting)
  • Music
  • Martial arts
  • Cultures
  • World religions, philosophy

What I like about being (why I’m proud to be) Aspergian/autistic:

It’s an alternative way of thinking, of living, of being. ย It gives me the ability to see the world in a different way and to contribute something different to the world. ย It gives me the ability to hyper-focus for hours when necessary. ย As an Asperger’s/autistic person, I see patterns and connections that I might otherwise not see. ย The world is a more interesting place with us in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other blogs and resources can be found in the previous every-100th-posts linked to above, and also on my resources page of this blog. ย Lots of excellent sites and posts there! ๐Ÿ˜€

I apologize that this post (or at least parts of it) may come across as a bit of a cop-out; life became very interesting very quickly recently (lol), and I’m still getting used to a “new normal” until either treatment or surgery. ย But I’m getting through each day! ย And I’m not leaving or closing this blog. ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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53 Comments

  1. Fantastic Idea & Post Laina! ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’“

    We have so much respect & admiration for all your work!
    Since discovering The Silent Wave so many things make
    PERFECT sense, your blog has opened our whole world!

    Growing up with an eidetic memory is very interesting since
    we remember so many details, it wasn’t until we were much
    older that we realized people do not hold onto memories or
    remember with the level of details which can be frustrating.
    BUT it makes us great listeners & storytellers. Being a third
    generation photographer only intensified our visual memory.

    https://924COLLECTIVE.COM is home & we focus on Culture,
    Contemporary Art, & Counterculture, (but that encompasses
    pretty much everything under the sun) & we love discovering
    new ideas, people, places, & projects all over the world.๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

    WordPress is The NeverEnding Story ๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŽ† ๐ŸŒŒ โ˜ฏ๏ธ โœจ ๐Ÿ’จ ๐ŸŒช๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ

    (& we see Laina as The Childlike Empress, as she is a guiding
    Light that brings together so many amazing people with her
    kindness, grace, & wisdom. Being Native American it is easy
    to see ourselves in Atreyu on an adventure in distant lands!)

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    1. Thank you so much, my lovely! It’s a huge honor to be likened to the Childlike Empress! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–. I’m totally enamored with your blog!! I love its variety and eclecticism ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’

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  2. Interesting to see your interests. My autistic 24 yr old son loves martial arts (is a 3rd degree black belt and teaches Taekwondo), He was a music major in college and graduated w a bachelors in performing arts focus on vocal music, plays the piano, says he is an atheist even though was raised Catholic, attended a Catholic College and loves singing Classical Music in Cathedrals all over the world, he is very accepting of all kinds of people and loves speaking out about Autism Awareness and even not afraid to wear the mentioned above Tshirts in public.

    He never liked Legos or toy cars, but could play Nintendo, video games, or computer games for hours forgetting to eat, drink, sleep etc…

    I’ve read that more companies are hiring autistics and believe the world is making progress in accepting people on the spectrum. Your blog raises awareness and helps Moms understand our children better. Thanks for all you do. Good luck with your current health issues and hope you continued success with your blog.

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    1. Omg cool!! Your son sounds utterly amazing โค๏ธโค๏ธ

      I love that more companies are taking a closer look at us! There’s a whole lot to offer.

      Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for raising such a cool guy! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™

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      1. Yaaay!! Have you read the Childlike Empress story? It sounds kinda cool, I think I would like to see theโ€‹ movie though. Her name became “Moon Child” according to FANDOM powered by Wikia.

        Anyway, I like reading this blog and other blogs about Autisim/Asperger’s because I identify with some traits although I’ve never been observed to have either Autism or Asperger’s officially. I kinda have this feeling someone I love has Aspergers/Autism and that she was afraid to tell me because she didn’t want my reaction to be that of a jerk. I just want her to know, I love her exactly the way she came into the world with all of her quirks, special interest, boundaries, etc. I love the way she knows her material in depth. People who are on the Spectrum in my opinion make up a large percentage of the Human Jewels we have in the world. Anyone who treats Autistic/Aspie people different and mean because of their differences, deserve fist sandwiches and education. The world would be a better place if people accepted everyone not just people on the spectrum with love and acceptance. Something about myself.. I’m in school and I’m looking for a job. Information about my hobbies can be found on one of Laina’s blog. Oh.. And I love the Autistic Pride colors because it reminds me of LGBTQ+ which is an even further statement that everyone is welcomed and loved. Did I answer all of them?

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  3. There just are not words to express how freakin awesome you are! What a great way to celebrate your 500th. I started following autistic adults in hopes of gaining insights to aid me in helping Ben. I always thought autistic folks would be a better resource than the “experts”. Along the way I’ve met some brilliant people, gained an immense amount of insight and gained some fantastic, brilliant, wicked cool friends. Most of them found through this blog. You are the bomb my Dearest Dude ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒ โ˜ฎโ˜ฏ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    1. Omg thank you, Dearest Dude!! Haha!–my autosuggest finally learned to put “Dude” after “Dearest”!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜

      There just are not words to express how freaking awesome *you* are, Sister!! You’re so wise, getting it from the source; did I mention how lucky The King is to have you as his grandma?? ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŸโœŒ๐Ÿผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      You are the bomb yourself, my lovely! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

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  4. I love this ๐Ÿ™‚ Sure, I’ll participate!

    My name is Jessica. I’m 29, and I am an Aspie.

    Special Interests:
    Video Editing & Graphic Design
    Music (I play the violin, ukulele, piano, guitar and I sing)
    Video Games
    Table Top Games
    Reading
    Photography

    What I love about being an “Aspergian” is that I’m able to see the world in a different perspective from my peers. They see color, I see black and white. They see faces, I see blurs. But in the black and white blur, there is beauty and simplicity. Things connect more quickly, and as a result I learn quickly, hyperfocus, and get to feel and experience everything to the extreme (which sometimes is awful) but when it’s good, it’s soooo good.

    I’m a big fan of Anonymously Autistic. I was encourage to open up about my life living with Asperger’s and decided to take the Non-Anonymous approach to blogging. I’m now very open personally and professional about all the good, the bad and the crazy that is my life. It’s my goal to become an advocate in the next 5 years. We’ll see how that goes.

    โค

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    1. Awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. I love your entry ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ. I love your interests! Omg graphic design is something I’ve always wanted to get into! And of course, I love what you said about why you love about being Aspergian ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒท

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  5. What a fantastic idea ! I’ll have a think about what I want to say but will certainly re-blog this for a little more (very little considering the newness of my own blog) visibility.

    Will signal boost among my friends on social media as well !

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  6. That is such an amazing opportunity that you are doing to support these kids and adults! I don’t want to do the challenge, I’ll save that for the people that you are looking for, but that is amazing. An entire blog about this shows that your a really good person!

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  7. This is a really, really good idea. I do not have Aspergers but I believe my father does due to a head-injury received as a child. Despite not having Autism/Asp I can relate to some of the ‘traits’ and moreover, I see the bias in our society with any perceived imperfection. Austism/Asp is a personality-type in part, thus, how can it be imperfect? And even if it were which it is not, who has the right to condemn or judge? Where is the encouragement? So your ‘pride’ is that encouragement and I for one applaud you for thinking of this idea. There are more and more with Austism/Asp (and the irony being they got rid of Aspergers in the DSM and I thought it was a good fit for some things people go through so I couldn’t figure why they needed to add it to Austism rather than have it separate – I guess they had their reasons … blah! Anyway knowing and celebrating what you like or appreciate about yourself is so important, something I don’t do enough personally and something I think helps us all. Well done!

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    1. Omg thank you so much for your encouraging words and your kind support!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—. You’re exactly right in everything you said, too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. I’m brewing a post about the very topic of Asperger’s vs autism itself ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ. Not to say that I believe one is superior to the other; I don’t believe that; but to point out that there are indeed differences that got totally ignored (and willfully so!), for various (and not-so-altruistic reasons), and I think that some people got screwed in various ways because of it ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–

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      1. I’ve been reading your blog this last half-hour, and I want you to know how proud I am of you for giving a voice to this and for being an outspoken voice for people who cannot always voice how they feel. I think you’ve done an incredible job, I hope you never stop doing this blog people need it, not just autistic people but everyone including the ignorant and the judging. You are right, if you act badly you are not equal, but if you are a good person then you are equal to anyone else, and those who divide they are the issue. Why we need labels I don’t know but we have them, I can’t wait to read about your autism/aspergers – that will be a great post.

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