Autism’s First Child | The Atlantic Magazine

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As new cases of autism have exploded in recent years—some form of the condition affects about one in 110 children today—efforts have multiplied to understand and accommodate the condition in childhood. But children with autism will become adults with autism, some 500,000 of them in this decade alone. What then? Meet Donald Gray Triplett, 77, of Forest, Mississippi. He was the first person ever diagnosed with autism. And his long, happy, surprising life may hold some answers.

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Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World

Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World

Justin Canha, seated, with his parents, Maria Teresa and Briant Canha, and his brother, Julian.

New York Times | Sunday, September 17, 2011
by Amy Harmon

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — For weeks, Justin Canha, a high school student with autism, a love of cartoons and a gift for drawing, had rehearsed for the job interview at a local animation studio.

As planned, he arrived that morning with a portfolio of his comic strips and charcoal sketches, some of which were sold through a Chelsea gallery. Kate Stanton-Paule, the teacher who had set up the meeting, accompanied him. But his first words upon entering the office were, like most things involving Justin, not in the script.

“Hello, everybody,” he announced, loud enough to be heard behind the company president’s door. “This is going to be my new job, and you are going to be my new friends.”

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For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds

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Dorian Hinkle (left) and Jordan Howard at the Federal Way farmers market.

For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds By Bryan Buckalew – KUOW

Growing up, Jordan Howard always felt like an outsider. He had trouble making friends, and he felt awkward in groups. He says he felt like one of those misunderstood high school clichés. And he could never put his finger on why.

“I’ve always felt like there’s something I’m doing subconsciously,” Jordan says. “Like something I’m saying, and I don’t think that it’s a problem or anything. And I’m doing it, and people are going, ‘whoa, that’s weird.’ But I’m not picking up on it or something.”

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Growing up autistic: My story

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Growing up autistic: My story

By Trevor Pacelli, Special to CNN | April 2, 2013

Editor’s note: Trevor Pacelli was diagnosed with autism at age 5 and has had to deal with many of life’s complexities in an entirely different light. Now 20, Pacelli attends college and has written a book. “Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic” was published in May 2012 and talks about the daily struggles of living with autism and raising an autistic child. Pacelli lives outside Seattle.

(CNN) — Growing up as an autistic has never been easy.

At 5, I was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, or PDD-NOS, one of the five autism spectrum disorders. Those with PDD-NOS have difficulties in areas of social interaction and communication.

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The information on Healthtalkonline relies on external funding and is based on qualitative research into health experiences, led by experts at the University of Oxford. These personal stories of health and illness will enable patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals to benefit from the experiences of others.


My Super Powers – Brain Overload

Geeky Science Mom’s Tumblr | Part 1

Believe it or not, I have super powers.  I even have a secret identity, well, more of a hidden life really.  My super powers won’t allow me to fly or stop a speeding train.  My super powers are much more subtle than that.  Most of the time my super powers tend to go unnoticed; in fact, if more people knew about them they would probably find them quite annoying.  Even I find them annoying at times.  You see, I am an autistic adult.  Now you are probably wondering how an autistic person can have super powers.  Aren’t autistic people supposed to be missing something in their brain?  How can a person have super powers if they are missing something in their brain?

First off, autistics are not missing something in their brain.  That whole “missing” idea is a misconception.  If we are missing anything, it is the ability to filter and process sensory input effectively.  This is where my super powers come in.  I notice pretty much everything around me.  I have hyper senses.  If you have ever seen the television show Alphas, there is a character that has heightened senses.  Life is not easy for her.  Now my senses are not as acute as hers, but the constant barrage of sensory information that I receive is still very uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating.  I am not just talking about hearing, smelling, seeing, or tactile contact. I am talking about all that and the emotional component that goes with it.

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(Trigger Warning: Drug Reference)

As I said in Part 1 of this blog, I do apologize if connecting my sensory experience to drug use makes anyone uncomfortable.  Remember this analogy refers to me and no one else.  Another person’s experience could be completely different.

It is said that Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, had classic migraine.  I don’t mean migraine in the headache sense, I mean migraine auras.  It is said that Carroll based the story of Alice in Wonderland on his experiences with classic migraine.  I have classic migraine.  I rarely get headaches, but I get the auras.  I hear ringing noises, I see colors or sparkles floating and moving in my line of sight, time also seems to slow down or speed up, parts of my body can feel smaller or larger.  This was what Wonderland was like for Alice.  This also can happen to a person on an acid trip and it has been happening to me naturally since I was eight years old with the onset of puberty.  Just to let you know, classic migraine is also known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

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On Growing Up With Autism: There is Always Hope

The Autism Advocate | September 10, 2012
by Chantal Sicile-Kira

On a recent Sunday my husband and I were enjoying a quiet brunch at home when we heard the unmistakable sound of water running.  We looked at each other and I asked, “Did you turn the washing machine on?”  “No,” he replied, and took off up the stairs. Jeremy, our 23 year old, was upstairs and we wondered what was going on, as this water noise was definitely not coming from the faucet of the  washbasin in his bathroom.

My husband found Jeremy’s clothes in a pile on the bathroom floor, and Jeremy in the shower. He had turned on the water but it was coming through the faucet and not the showerhead. Turns out, Jeremy had managed to get hold of some air freshener (natural orange), sprayed it near his eye and was trying to wash it off.

My first reaction was to feel elated: this is the first time my son ever attempted to take a shower unsupervised and had gotten the sequence right: first the clothes come off, THEN you step into the shower and turn the water on.

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