Woodstock, Ontario

I live in a small city in southwestern Ontario called Woodstock, the same place that I've lived for over six years. I went to high school here. This is where I first got to go out and explore by myself, and now I'm comfortable in my general knowledge of where everything is in the city. One …

Autistic, Allistic, Neurodiverse, and Neurotypical: Say what?

Cracked Mirror in Shalott

Coming into the neurodiversity movement, there are some terms that a new person might not be familiar with. I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about some of them, and some misunderstandings about them as well, so it is perhaps time for writing something on these terms.

If you are reading this blog, I’m assuming that you know what Autistic means in a general way. Some of you might still hold some misconceptions about autistic life, but I believe that to be a part of the learning process. You are reading Autistic voices either here or on the blogs of other Autistics, hopefully learning from it, and that is what matters.

You’ll notice that I use “autistic” rather than “person with autism” throughout. This is intentional. The basic idea is that my being is autistic- the patterns my brain form thoughts in, the essentials of the way I perceive and…

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Poignant

I have eight draft posts here on this blog not counting this one and I noticed a common theme they all have: in all eight I'm trying so hard to be thought-provoking and interesting. I can't blame myself for trying to be interesting, this is for people to read, after all, but I'm struggling to …

Invisible

When you think of someone with an anxiety disorder, what do you think of? Constant nervousness, incessant worrying, social phobia, nagging, things like that? Well, it's not always so obvious. I have an anxiety disorder, as anyone who knows me would tell you, but if you were to ask someone who didn't know me well they wouldn't …