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|Friday, October 7th, 2011|
South Park Covers Aspergers Syndrome
Two nights ago, Comedy Centrals "South Park" covered the topic of Aspergers Syndrome with it first episode of the season "Ass Burgers".
"Ass Burgers spoofed the controversy surrounding the supposed link between vaccines and autism.
I knew that would be the title given the burgers Cartman was selling and the play of words (which was around in one form or another on the internet).
Did you see it?
Link to episode:http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e08-ass-burgers
|Thursday, November 18th, 2010|
Yes, Autistic People go to School!
Doesn't it get on your nerves when you tell someone, including professional people you have Asperger's Syndrome they assume you never went to school? This is the 21st century! Special education exists! Developmentally disabled people have been going to school and graduating, even going to college/university for years!
I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome only ten years ago and I graduated high school!
|Monday, April 19th, 2010|
|Wednesday, April 14th, 2010|
Nadia Bloom Found!
Nadia Bloom has become the most famous aspie since J-Mac, hopefully for the right reasons in the future!
Bloom went out for a nature walk in one of Florida's aligator infested swamp. Bloom was found alive by James King an aquaintance from church. But by the way Nadia was carried out on a stretched out blanket you would have assumed she was found dead!
Bloom was reportedly calm and matter of fact when rescued off a small island.
Jeez, poor Nadia Bloom, she'll probably always have to say "This can happen to anyone (getting lost in the swamp; it has nothing to do with autism)."
|Monday, April 12th, 2010|
My Mom Called my Room a "Pack Rat Condition" Now I Fear for my Privacy, Independence, and my Money!
Yesterday the day after I tried to clean out my room in preparation for the termite inspection
my mom tore my room apart and called it a "pack rat condition": it was my make-shift stuff used to look for recycables and coins , "mini-blankets" to stay warm in my arm chair, my LGBT magazines, and some computer printouts I saved and intended to dispose of later because the libraries I get my printouts from are too far to walk to on rainy days. In fact the offending items are expendendible to me as razer blades.
I threw them all out without any boo hoo from me. My mom took all my can route money and said she is going to put them away in a bank or something and will give some to me if I ask for it.
Now I fear for my privacy, independence, and even control over my own money because of stuff I had no intention of keeping forever! I mean it wasn't like I had stuff piled high all over the place! She is such a clean/ neat-freak anyway she told me she is going to iron the dollar bills!
What can I do? I am closeted at home and soon I need bus fare to go to my counselor at the LGBT center and the LGBT parade both in May! I worry mom won't give me any of my OWN money!
|Friday, January 8th, 2010|
I Punched Out the Bulk Paper Towels
Two nights ago my mom was making spaghetti and she found the jar of leftover enchilada sauce almost empty--then she got angry with me for "using too much! WHY DO YOU DO THAT!".
She never reacted this way to something like before! It was no big before, why now?
I went into the garage, picked up the softest thing I could find--a bulk-buy package of paper towels and punched it out--just like my counselor at the LGBT center suggested to me to vent my anger. I wished I used something else: the package now has some impressive dents in
it. I worry about my mom discovering the package in that condition. Mom sees my venting even by punching an object as "immature" behavior. I'm almost not allowed to feel anger, nervousness, or fear whenever mom criticizes me. Sometimes she blames my autism for how I feel.
What can I do?
|Thursday, October 8th, 2009|
Mom Criticizes and Pathologizes My Making Oatmeal Loaves
Monday afternoon my mom criticized me for using up the oatmeal to make my veggie loaves, the next day she criticized me for "using up ALL the 1.25 qt bottle of soy sauce in two weeks". Then she went on a rant about high blood pressure "from pouring soy sauce into (the oatmeal loaves) and "I've been noticing you--you use oatmeal to make THOSE THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN--you're going to end with health problems!
Health problems from oatmeal? Mom didn't buy the soy sauce just two weeks ago, it was over a month ago before she left for a visit to her family. She insists she had the soy sauce two weeks.
When ever I use the soy sauce I try to use as little as I can, not just because of the sodium containt , I live with others in the house.
Mom said she "wasn't placing blame on me", but what else can I think?
The oatmeal is the only high fiber grain in the house so there is very little I can really make. "I've been noticing you--you use oatmeal to make THOSE THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN--you're going to end with health problems!" How is this pathological behavior?
What can I do? Current Mood: stressed
|Friday, August 7th, 2009|
Well, there seem to be a pattern, everywhere I come, IRL or over the internet, I seem to have one talent, that is to annoy people. I have a good idea why that is.
People often post things about stuff that's on their mind and when I respond to that, I respond in an often clumsy way, because my reply is only meant as an attempt to communicate, but I have often no idea what it all is about. So I reply sometimes with the "wrong" answer. The answer to me isn't important, it's just an attempt to "communicate", but in that way I often offend people, saying the wrong things apparently.
Today (after a very long consideration) I decided to delete most of my accounts, including my LJ. I will stop communicating, it's for the best. Both for me and other people.
Anyway, I write this post because I wanted to say a last thing with a risk that it all sounding is dramatic, which it isn't, it's just not meant to be. But I wanted to thank all internet people who've shown interest towards me over the last 10 years and who've been my "online friends". Perhaps I annoyed you once in a while or even defriended you because I'm,.. yeah, maybe frakked up, but I wanted to thank everyone. Okay, no drama or annoyance anymore, I'm gone.
Have a good life.
Kirayoshi aka Neral
|Thursday, August 6th, 2009|
I Have aspergers(lol I went to spell check it and I got asparagus). I know where I stand neither normal nor autistic. Just stuck in the middle. I only met one other person with autism actually it was high functioning like me only I don't know if it was aspergers. anyway. I couldn't see much difference except he seemed more fun to talk to, and that he seemed more open with his emotions.(and of course the text book stuff like sensitive to certain sounds and a couple others but I can't remember.) a little crazy but a cute type of crazy like a pet. pets are soo cute ♥ I can't wait to meet more people like this. It will be fun. Then I can compare us to normal people better.
|Saturday, August 16th, 2008|
Claire Danes to Play Autistic Scientist
Who says we can't do anything?
Claire Danes to play autistic scientist in HBO pic By Borys Kit
Fri Aug 15, 3:28 AM ET
Claire Danes is in negotiations to star in HBO's long-gestating biopic of Temple Grandin, a leading speaker on autism, animal expert and author.
Mick Jackson, whose credits include "The Bodyguard," the television series "Traffic" and HBO's "Live From Baghdad," is set to direct the film, from a script by Christopher Monger.
Grandin overcame the limitations imposed by the disorder to become a top scientist in the field of humane livestock handling.
High school was especially harsh for Grandin, who was called "tape recorder" by other kids because she repeated things over and over, and she was hypersensitive to many forms of sensory stimulation. She eventually graduated with degrees from several universities, going on to write influential essays on animal welfare and designing humane slaughterhouses. She appears regularly on the news talk show circuit and was the subject of a BBC documentary, "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow," and Errol Morris' "First Person: Stairway to Heaven."
Danes will play Grandin from her high school years to her post-academic period.
The actress stars in Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," which premieres in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter Current Mood: impressed
|Friday, July 25th, 2008|
Is Michael a Savage?
Have you heard about what "shock jock" Michael Savage said about
Savage on autism: "A fraud, a racket. ... In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out"
Summary: On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is "[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "
Michael Savage is ignorant about autism
BY ELLENMORRIS TIEGERMAN
Ellenmorris Tiegerman is founder and executive director of the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove and Woodside.
July 25, 2008
What could Michael Savage possibly have been thinking? There has already been an outcry over the comments he made concerning children with autism last week, with angry parents calling for Savage's firing. But I'm more concerned about what his comments really mean.
It's important for people to understand that children with autism have a diagnosed disorder. So unless neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and speech language pathologists cannot differentiate between "brats" and children with disabilities, Savage's comment betrays a great deal of ignorance.
The process of diagnosis and identification is a complex one. Educational teams within the school system require input from professionals and parents. Teams are also required to review multiple assessments, so that diagnosis is not based on a single evaluation.
Why would any parent want to have his or her child diagnosed with a developmental disability? What would be the educational or emotional gain for parents to have their children diagnosed with autism?
Most parents who are going through the early stages of the diagnosis process wrestle emotionally with the possibility that their child may have a disability. To suggest that they would willingly opt for the diagnosis, rather than ultimately come to the realization that their children are oppositional, is far from the truth.
In all my years of clinical experience, I have never met a family who happily accepted the label of autism. Parents grieve when their children are diagnosed. Many of their dreams and expectations for their children are shattered with this diagnosis. Any parent can understand how difficult this experience would be and how painful the reality is for parents who have children with disabilities.
The very premise that a child with autism is "bratty," as Savage implied, is ridiculous. Children with autism are not "withholding." They aren't aware of the consequences of their behavior, and they react with a great deal of anxiety to new situations. Transitions from school to home, from home to the supermarket, and from the supermarket to a restaurant can be very difficult for these children and their parents. Often these transitions result in the child having a temper tantrum, because he is confused and anxious.
What do typical children do when they are confused and anxious? They express their feelings! Children do the best they can with the abilities they have.
To say any child is a brat suggests either poor parenting or oppositional behavior in the children. Parents of children with disabilities work hard to tailor their parenting skills to the needs of their children. Children with autism are not deliberately or even knowingly exhibiting "bratty" behavior.
It's not helpful for any media talk-show host to make such sweeping negative comments about any group of individuals, let alone children, and especially children with disabilities. They cannot argue back.
Michael Savage needs to act responsibly. Rather than simply apologizing to the American public and particularly parents of children with autism, he should discuss this issue with experts on his show. Such an open forum would provide listeners with a great deal of information about children with autism and the daily problems faced by their parents. The child with a disability requires a lifelong commitment from parents. Parents of typical children will one day have the luxury of waving to them as they go off to college or when they get married. Parents of children with autism will follow and guide them for as long as they live. Ellenmorris Tiegerman is founder and executive director of the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove and Woodside.
Copyright © 2008, Newsday Inc.
|Tuesday, July 8th, 2008|
I don't even have Asperger's and this infuriated me. (I'm one of those horribly suffering "lower-functioning" people, har har. *sarcasm*)
And how people in the comments are saying it's stupid to be proud of being Autistic.
Seeing those and reading the comments upset me so much...now I can't calm down or ground myself.
Every fucking place I go lately, I hear people taking shots at Autistics. On TV, billboards, my favourite anime magazine
for fucks sake...there is no escape from it. It's either someone complaining of how "annoying" Autistics are, how we shouldn't be proud, or how we shouldn't be born to begin with. It's really been wearing me down and making me feel generally worthless as a human being.
I apologize if my rant is a bit fragmented or hard to understand...or even not ranty enough. I need to get it off my chest. Current Mood: angry
|Wednesday, June 18th, 2008|
Autistic Pride Day 2008
Happy Autistic Pride Day!
Controversial New Movement: Autistic and Proud
Activists Say Stop Looking for a Cure and Accept Autistic People as They Are
By DEBORAH ROBERTS, MICHELLE MAJOR and JONANN BRADY
June 10, 2008 —
Ari Ne'eman and Kristina Chew say they are the faces and voices of autism's future.
They're part of a controversial group hoping to radically change the way others look at autism. Their message: Stop the search for a cure and begin celebrating autistic people for their differences. It's a message that has some parents of autistic children bewildered and angry.
Ne'eman, 20, is the founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a non-profit group aimed at advancing autism culture and advocating for "neurodiverse" individuals.
"We believe that the autism spectrum and those on it, are important and necessary parts of the wide diversity present in human genetics," Ne-eman says on the ASAN Web site.
Ne'eman was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a less severe form of autism, as a child.
"I think the others around me knew I was different from as early as I can remember," he told "Good Morning America."
When Ne'eman says that looking for a cure for autism is the wrong approach to take, he understands why some parents are upset -- especially those with very low-functioning, non-communicative autistic children.
"I think that one of the key issues to remember is that anti-cure doesn't mean anti-progress," he said.
'Ransom' Ad Sparks Action
Kristina Chew, a professor at St. Peter's College in New Jersey, is one of the growing number of parents involved the movement.
When her son, Charlie, was diagnosed with severe autism, Chew said, "I was completely in a gulf. I didn't believe it for months."
Chew now believes that autism treatments and so-called cures are a waste of time. She said she'd rather see Charlie, now 11, benefit from better support services and education.
"My son is who he is. He's not going to change; he's always going to be Charlie. And at the same time, I loved him just for what he was," Chew said.
Parents like Chew and autistic adults like Ne'eman joined forces several months ago, after seeing an edgy new campaign to fight autism from the New York University Child Study Center that implied children with autism are held hostage by the disorder.
The NYU Child Study Center says the ads were about creating awareness, but Ne'eman says that instead, the ads reinforce prejudices about people with autism.
"Where does disability come from? It comes, in many respects, from a society that doesn't provide for an education system that meets our needs. From people who often discriminate or bully or even injure us, and from a society that is largely intolerant," Ne'eman said.
Ne'eman and his supporters protested so loudly, that the ads were cancelled three weeks after they were released.
Wouldn't Change Diagnosis
Many parents of autistic children say that Ne'eman and his group's views don't reflect their reality and should essentially be ignored.
Lenny Shaffer, a writer with an autistic son, says of the movement, "You're a handful of noisy people who get a lot of media attention, but you don't represent a broad swath of the autism community."
Ne'eman believes history is on his side.
"I can't think of the civil rights movement throughout history that hasn't been faced with resistance and misunderstanding on the part of its detractors," he said.
And the young activist says if he could go back and change his Asperger's diagnosis, he wouldn't.
"If there was a magic pill that would make me neurologically typical, normal, I wouldn't take it," Ne'eman said.
But a number of experts say his path might not be the answer for many others dealing with autism.
"You have to remember that this is a spectrum and you've got people who are quite high functioning and then you've got people who can't even begin to function and for whom we would love to have a cure to at least get them to a point where they would be able to function as well as the people in this movement," said Dr. Thomas Insel, from the National Institute of Mental Health.
But Kristina Chew also said she wouldn't change her severely autistic son Charlie if she could.
"We really try and understand him on his own terms," she said.
That is her advice for parents dealing with a child's autism diagnosis and feeling hopeless.
"Acceptance, to me, is the beginning of hope," Chew said. "I look at my son, even on the days, the most terrible, terrible days. I still knew that I love my son. That he was with us, and that he would be with us, and that the hope was really in him."
Copyright © 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures Current Mood: good
|Thursday, February 28th, 2008|
|Monday, December 31st, 2007|
Arguing with Mom Over "Not Dressing Warmly"
Two nights ago, I got into an arguement with my mom
about my wearing a pair of sweatpants and a soccer
shirt in mid to upper fifties degree temperature--this
was the mid-upper fifties outside: I was indoors so it was warmer but to
mom I "was not dressed warmly!" She ranted that I was
in danger of hypotherma, etc. I don't exactly live in Antartica
nor in the mid western, or Eastern US where it is in the deep freeze
in the winter, it doesn't even snow in the area I live in!
I overheat easily and I have to balance warmth with controling
overbuilding body heat. It takes a lot of cold before
I would put a sweater on. But then I once dressed relatively
coolly in an unseasonably hot early December day and my
counselor thought I was freezing to death! I'm expected to dress
for the comfort of others, not myself. What can I do? Current Mood: frustrated
|Monday, December 3rd, 2007|
I just know this huge Unicron/Starscream fic I've written will get torn up by somebody. I'm going to post it when I finish editing but I totally cringe because I'm afraid more people will hate it than like it.
I write for myself and share it because it's the only way I can truly express myself. I take an aspect of a character and run with it, because honestly nobody can write somebody else's character FUCKING PERFECT.
Fuck canon purists who think they lord over their fandoms. Fuck them all.
AND FUCK SELF DOUBTS!
|Wednesday, September 19th, 2007|
Bullied in School? Don't Drop Out
I am a 47 year old high school graduate and a
few years ago at a LGBT center I told my last counselor
that I was bullied and harassed in high school, she
gasped and asked "Why didn't you just drop out of school?"
I just sat in my chair thinking "What the f___k?!"
This was one of the most stupid things I have ever heard,
and I heard many stupid things. Some people do drop out
of school because of being bullied and harassed but it
doesn't mean it's a good idea. In this day and age there are
better options, noone has to choose between an education and
safety from bullying and harassment.
Here is an article from about.com regarding the issue:http://teenadvice.about.com/od/factsheetsforteens/a/10thingsdropout.htm Current Mood: pissed off
|Monday, June 11th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 6th, 2007|
Water Conservation Worries
I have a little problem, I think we are going
to have voluntary water conservation in Los Angeles
(but I live in Orange County) because of the
near lack of rainfall we had this year. I have
a problem feeling not quite clean (excessive arm
perspiration) so I have a difficult time taking
a shorter shower--dispite taking a modified
"navy shower". I had posted before about my
mom's complaint regarding my "excessive hand-
washing". I'm worried I might get into trouble for
not complying with the 10% cut in water use.
Do any of you have this problem specifically if it is blamed on your autism? What can I do? Current Mood: worried
|Thursday, May 10th, 2007|
Do any of you had the problem of people
assuming that you dropped out of high school
just because you are autistic? Current Mood: curious