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tagAught Celebrates 1000 Ausome Things #AutismPositivity2013

Today is Autism Positivity Day 2013, and the theme for this year is “1,000 Ausome Things”. We get enough of hearing about the bad things about autism; let’s hear about the good things! For my contribution, see the list below…. (Note: I’m taking a few of them from my contributions to the #AutismUpside campaign.)

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Autism Positivity 2013!

In no particular order:

  1. I don’t get involved in office politics and tend to remain a neutral party, which helps prevent some issues.
  2. I’m convinced that part of the reason I write fiction as well as I do (which is well, people say) is because I’m autistic.
  3. Knowing all sorts of facts about everything. My favourite piece of trivia; Trivia: So-called because the Romans posted notices of events where 3 roads met.
  4. Detail-orientation means not getting bored with tasks like data-entry, or doing cross-stitching.
  5. I don’t tend to judge people, but accept them as they are.
  6. Because we tend to look at details rather than generalize, we take everyone on their own merits. (Well, I do, at least! 😉 *snickers*)
  7. I obey the rules of the road, including going the safe speed limit and never parking in handicapped spots (I don’t need ’em).
  8. My vast imagination and creativity. My ASD has definitely been involved; that was how I retreated when I was overwhelmed.
  9. Can read the same books over and over again without being bored – and hey, find even more little details!
  10. Special Interests. They’re fascinating, and can provide everything from entertainment to job prospects.
  11. Because I don’t need the lights on much, I can save a bundle on electricity!
  12. I absorb information like a sponge, and for the most part, retain it. Especially when it relates to anything that is a special interest of mine.
  13. I understand my cats very, very well. And they bond with me easily.

Yay, thirteen “ausome” things! And there’s bound to be more out there! Pop over to the flash blog site (images attached are links), and how about putting up your own post about the ausome things about autism?

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😉 tagAught

By tagÂûght

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve lived in Canada all my life (Toronto and St. John’s), but I’ve travelled to Florida, Massachusetts, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Costa Rica. I love airplane travel (as long as there are no noisy kids around me!). I’m proud to be Canadian (though Harper might end up changing that!).

I have ASD, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strictly speaking, I’ve been diagnosed as having Aspergers, but (for Canada and the US, at least) that diagnosis is going to be melded with ASD as of May, with the publication of DSM V. Having ASD, and the job I do at the moment (see First Post), is why reading the blogs I mentioned above inspired me to start one of my own about my life in general.

Back in October, I got my driver’s license (as opposed to driving permit for learners) – after twenty years of effort and trying. A lot of thanks is due to my instructor, who has dealt with people with ASD before, and so knew how to teach me for the test (I was able to drive before, just not pass the test, due to anxiety and problems with multi-tasking).

I’m a fanatic writer of SF and Fantasy, both fanfiction and original, and I devour books as well.

I love animals, in particular cats, and I have a fascination with wolves, wild cats (including the big cats), orcas, and the physiology of cephalopods.

I love the wilderness – though I don’t really have the endurance (at the moment, at least) to go hiking or camping out.

And, rather importantly, I’m not someone who thinks about political correctness when it comes to vocabulary. I use what seems right when it seems right. That will include calling myself a person with ASD, or an Autistic, or an Aspie. I’m me; I can call myself what I want.

So, enough about me. Go read my posts – they’re more informative!

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