Who Are You?
Let me introduce myself. My name is Nicole Nicholson. I am a 35 year-old multiracial woman from the United States of African, European, and First People ancestry. I am a poet. And I also have Asperger Syndrome, which I discovered earlier this year and was officially diagnosed with this month.
Why Did You Start This Blog?
This blog has a three-fold purpose:
- To communicate to the world about my reality as an Aspie woman. While men are diagnosed with AS (and autism spectrum disorders in general) at a much higher frequency than women, this can lead to the idea that there are little to no women who have Asperger’s or who are on the autism spectrum at all. My current premise is that this is not true at all. We may be underdiagnosed for a variety of reasons, some of which have been addressed by experts in the field. And while we have some of the same challenges as men with AS, we as Aspie women also face our own set of issues as well.
- To help educate and do some “myth-busting”. There is a common misconception is that that Asperger Syndrome (and other disorders on the autism spectrum) are conditions which only affect white males. I, as a Aspie woman of color, am living proof that this is not true. If you don’t believe me, then Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Tito Mukhopadhyay, and a host of others will also tell you that this is so. I believe that there are many more of us out there: why we are not so visible is one of the issues that I plan to tackle on this blog.
- To reach out to others like myself. I know there MUST be more of us out there; I’ve found proof already, as I’ve cited above. However, I do need to make something clear: my purpose is not to exclude but to include. I welcome dialogue from people of all ethnic backgrounds, colors, creeds, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, and so forth.
What Will You Talk About?
I will be covering a variety of topics this blog, including:
- Sensory issues
- Social functioning
- How family of origin issues affect the Aspie adult
- Comorbidities (namely PTSD)
- “Theory of mind” related topics
- What I’m reading on the subject
- Women’s health issues in relation to Asperger Syndrome
- Cultural issues and Asperger Syndrome
This is just a short list — I won’t be limited to those topics.
Any Ground Rules?
Yes. Not many, but I have a few:
- Read with an open mind.
- If you comment, please play nice. Profanity is okay, in limited quantities. Flames, slurs directed at someone’s race/ethnicity/sexual orientation/nationality/religion/etc., and insults WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. This place is for communication and discussion, not tearing people apart.
- I am very much in favor of the concept of neurodiversity. I also believe that Aspergers and other autism spectrum disorders are issues with brain wiring and development; thus, I am not sure if there is a “cure” for these conditions. I may willing to debate this issue to a limited extent but Please DO NOT use this blog as an opportunity to promote a “pro-cure” stance or attempt to engage me in endless discussions about the subject. Comments of this kind of nature *will* be deleted and you will likely be banned from posting here again.
Finally, I have to say that this blog is only the beginning. This is me, kicking the closet door open. I have come to believe that Asperger’s — and other conditions on the autism spectrum — are nothing to be ashamed of. I envision, and would love to see come to fruition, a world in which we can not only survive, but thrive and be accepted for who we are — social issues, eccentricities, sensory issues, and all. You could say that this blog aims to help achieve that goal, in whatever small ways that it can.