So, I was chatting with a friend from math team when he was ``tumbling," which is apparently means using tumblr. So I asked what his username was and followed him. I also gave him the heads up that ``and I guess I should probably tell you that I'm autistic... since if you read much of anything I posted, you'll figure that out anyways..." And he didn't say anything. I asked him a few minutes later about his complete lack of reaction, and his response was that he'd been tempted to say that I do very well with it, but that he saw my post about functioning labels and wanted to read it before he made a fool of himself. Which is actually a great reaction. Seriously: He admitted that he thinks I do well with it (I'm totally cool hearing that, since I interpret it as ``Your coping skills are really good!" which is also a good thing to say as far as I'm concerned,) he saw that I don't like functioning labels, and decided to wait to say anything until he understood why. He decided to read some of what is out there so that he knows at least a little before joining a conversation. It's a good reaction.
Alyssa Hillary, an Autistic graduate student, blogging about life, the universe, and everything, especially their life. (The answer is 42.)
Note For Anyone Writing About Me
Guide to Writing About Me
I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.
I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.
Citing My Posts
MLA: Hillary, Alyssa. "Post Title." Yes, That Too. Day Month Year of post. Web. Day Month Year of retrieval.
APA: Hillary, A. (Year Month Day of post.) Post Title. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://yesthattoo.blogspot.com/post-specific-URL.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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