How to Cope with Loud Fireworks if You're Autistic
To neurotypicals, fireworks are a fun way to celebrate a holiday. To autistic people, fireworks may range from bothersome fun to a painful, dreaded occurrence. Here is how to fight the noise, get some sleep, and remain calm despite the...

Reblog to help an autistic American sleep tonight.

How To Have a Vacation With Your Friends

Vacations are the perfect time to forget about worrysome things and spend times with the people you care about. If you want to bring friends with you on your travels, here are steps to spend the best time with them.

1 Don’t Bring Your Enemies.

It’s important to only bring your friends on the trip. If there’s somebody that’s been bothering you, a vacation is the perfect time to forget all about them. Don’t reflect on bad acquaintances on your vacation or you’ll only be there in body, but not in mind! Instead, stay in the moment and try to have the best time you can have with your good friends.

2 Think About Bringing Your Pets.

The more the merrier! If you have a pet, but have nobody to leave them to during your vacation, why not bring him along with you? He’ll be sure to enjoy the trip too. If you plan on going to the beach or a mountain resort you should be fine, but if you’re going to be exploring ancient Aztec ruins or sightseeing the pyramids in Egypt, you might have to jump through a few more hoops like vaccinations, a pet pasport and so on!

3 Take Lots Of Photos Together.

When you arrive at your destination, make sure to take a group photo. The point of a trip with friends is the shared experience of it all, and what better way of remembering the fun times than with a photograph! You can take selfies in front of monuments, out on the streets, or just in your hotel room! Make sure you pay attention to “no photo” zones though, or you can get in trouble. Some places will also make you pay in order to take pictures inside.

4 Go Out And Explore.

Sightseeing is good and all, but don’t just spend your vacation time on tourist traps. Go out as a group and get lost in the city, take in the authentic history of the place you’re in! Instead of eating food in your hotel, why not try some of the local foods from a street vendor? In general, try to always be out, absorbing as much as you can from the local culture and always be with your friends!

5 Spend Some Time Away From Your Friends.

Sometimes, your friends can be too overbearing and that’s okay. If you ever feel you need some alone time, there’s plenty of things you can still do. Why not go to an expensive spa and take a long bubble bath, just like when you were a little kid? Or just take a breather out on the beach, meditating as the sun sets behind you? A little downtime from all the fun is good, because it will only make you appreciate your great vacation even more!
How to Help a Hyposensitive Autistic Person
Do you have a friend, student, spouse, or loved one on the autism spectrum? Are some of their senses hypersensitive? Is hyperactivity or sensory seeking impacting their lives? Here are ways you can help them receive the stimulation they...

This article on hyposensitivity contains useful tips… but mainly I’m putting it out here for the silly, sweet, diverse drawings of Autistic people and their loved ones having fun!

I basically screamed and started happy stimming all over the place when I saw the picture of the Autistic person sitting on an exercise ball almost exactly like me right now.

Many autistic people have different sensory needs. Some are hyposensitive, meaning we need extra stimulation, and this is what the article covers. Some are hypersensitive, meaning we get overstimulated easily. Many are a mix of both, so don’t be surprised if parts of the article don’t apply to you.

So, see if you learn a few things, and most of all enjoy the art!

(content warning for mild cartoon blood in one image near the end)
How to Cope with Autism Awareness Month
Every April, blue lights fill the stores, puzzle pieces multiply on Facebook feeds, discussion about autism increases, and the Autistic community braces themselves for the most difficult month of the year.

I’d like to send a huge thank you to the wonderful Autistics and allies who shared their strategies and signal boosted this post! The article is now live, with advice from the Autistic community.

I’d like to note that this is a wiki article, and thus can be expanded. So if you have more to add, hop on over and add your ideas! (Here’s how.) I am the illustrator, and I’ll keep an eye on it in case it needs more pictures.

This article is one example of Autistic people supporting each other, and the things we can accomplish when we work together. I’d say “high five,” but… slapping your screen will leave marks, and cleaning those off is a pain.

Stay strong, stay safe, and stay awesome!

Please consider signal boosting so more people can see and be helped by this article.