spectrum health

Why are autistic people in media always displayed as the burden sibling/friend?

Why do the Neurotypicals who surround them always get so much credit for ‘putting up for them’?

Why do people still look dissatisfied when I say that I am autistic but only average at mathematics?

Why do people speak to me like a child when I tell them I am autistic?

Why do people still assume that only men/boys can have autism?

Why do people always look so surprised when they hear me speak coherently? What did they expect?

Why do I still put up with people shitting on my special interest?

Why do people think it is okay to make a really loud noise when I say I am oversensitive, to test it out?

Why are we shown as 'different and less’ rather than 'equal but different’?

Why are we invalidated constantly, but when we have an opinion we are suddenly 'too autistic’ for it to count?

Why should I even have to ask these questions?


autism/Asperger’s are NOT mental illnesses, they are neurological disorders so please stop calling them mental illnesses. it’s NEUROLOGICAL.

Signed, someone with ASD that’s really fucking tired of people calling themselves “mentally ill” by classifying autism/Asperger’s as a mental illness.

Trust me. I’ve seen doctors and paediatricians and psychiatrists and therapists and all of them say that this is a NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER, not a mental illness.

Maybe I'm just another offended Tumblr user but..

I think it’s really lame when people use the words “psycho” “psychotic” “crazy” “schizo” as an edgy trend??? Such as “cute but psycho” and when people pair one of those terms with Their names such as “Verena Schizophrenia”
Like I don’t know what people think is so glamorous and trendy about being mentally ill, but as a lover of horror and dark romanticism myself, I assure you, it isn’t that. psychosis isn’t edgy little gifs of a beautiful girl pulling her hair. Schizophrenia is a living nightmare and it has ruined a huge part of my life and changed the way I will view life and function forever… I know I can’t change what people do and how people think but I just don’t understand it???

anonymous asked:

I just found out I may have autism and I feel alone my sister is supportive but doesn't understand and the only person I related too is now in college can I get some comfort from Garnet?


I know it seems scary, but being diagnosed with autism is no reason to worry. ASD is actually very common, and as many as 1 in 68 people are affected by it.

You are not alone in this. Over 3 million Americans have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder!

There are many communities both online and off that you can reach out to, and they would be more than happy to talk with you about your feelings and fears.

Most importantly, never forget that your diagnosis will never define you. You are your own person, and nothing can change that. You are not broken or wrong, you are one of a kind and you are beautiful just as you are.Don’t be afraid. You are so, so strong. 


[3/50] – 50 Days of Productivity
May 19, 2016

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing for a pharmacy intern position at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital. Butterworth is such a beautiful hospital as is the Spectrum Health organization… I’d be so honored to work there. Of course besides this small time of getting ready and interviewing, I studied some nutrition… but only after getting drinks with Lucas’ mom. :) I definitely could’ve been more productive…


One of my favorite venues in Grand Rapids is the Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center downtown. It’s a place with a wonderful history, great architecture and warm tones.

These photos are from a scouting visit I made a few months ago to find textures and backdrops for a Spectrum Health campaign I’ve been working on. The location was quickly approved and we followed up a few days later and completed a photo shoot there.


Here are a few more portraits/tear sheets from Spectrum Health’s 2012 Annual Report to the Community.

A huge project like this a highly collaborative effort with lots of people involved. I’d like to thank the following people (among others) for their talent and commitment to the project:

Kurt Dietsch: Spectrum Health Director of Brand & Creative Services, System Communications & Marketing

Jenny Seavitt: Art Director and Designer, DDM Marketing & Communications

Rebecca Boehm: Communications Coordinator, Spectrum Health

Nichole Schroeder: Account Manager, DDM Marketing and Communications

Tina Derusha: Project Manager, Brian Kelly Photography (also my left brain)

Julie Strating: Stylist Extraordinaire 

Josh Tyron: Lead Photo Assistant

James Lacroix: Second Assistant