A Or B [Autism Edition]

[Please note these are things I’ve noticed in the community and obviously don’t apply to everyone.]

•Are you a shaved head autistic or long haired autistic

•Are you a high heel/boot autistic or a sandal/sneaker autistic

•Do you like tight clothes or loose clothes

•Jeans or NO

•Gloves or NO

•Do you like brushing your teeth or is it Hell Incarnate

•Are you STEM or Art/etc.

•Classical Music or Rock Music

•Raptor Hands or Toe Walking, which feels better

•Symmetry is Vital or Nah

•Organizing Things or Separating Things

•Jewelry or Nah

•Animals/Children or Nah

•Bland Food or Spicy Food

•The Best Grammar Ever or Shitpost Memespeak

•Good at Navigating or NOPE

•Memorizing License Plates or Combonations

•Sour Food or Sweet Food

•Are you “too loud” or “too quiet”

•Dinosaurs or Space

•Cooking or Baking

[Feel free to add on if I missed anything!!]

So…I got my official autism diagnosis today. Idk it feels nice to have someone validate me. Lol the psychologist said he knew right away that I was autistic. He said I’m not the mildest case he’s seen but I’m definitely not more severe. He said that I’m a little too much to be “Asperger’s” but like, obviously still pretty mild. I feel weird since my mom had a weird reaction to it but at least I feel validated and I know 100%. It was nice I didn’t have to take any tests he just did the interview and said I fit every criteria of the DSM-V perfectly. He also said he’s happy that I seem to have insight on my ASD and how it effects me.

Research Study for University

Hello! My name is Lacey and I am a student at the University of New Hampshire. I am majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Women’s Studies, and for my senior undergraduate thesis I am researching the experiences of women with autism. As you likely know, there has been far less research done in regard to how boys and men present with and experience ASD, as compared with girls and women. I am interested in the way that women with autism experience social-pragmatic communication (and I would be happy to tell you more about my research if you are at all interested).

I’m looking for people who would be willing to participate in my thesis. Requirements are that participants are 18+ and have a diagnosis of ASD; participation would involve a 30-60 minute interview that could take place over the phone, Skype, or via some type of messaging system. (Participation will also be anonymous, and I am taking great care to protect participant confidentiality.) 

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in taking part in this study? If so, I would be happy to provide you with my contact information, or tell you more about my research via tumblr.