Who Are You?
I am Nicole Nicholson: writer, poet, and founder/co-editor of the literary journal Barking Sycamores. Born in 1976, I am an autistic multiracial woman from the United States of African, European, and First People ancestry.
Why Did You Start This Blog?
has had a three-fold purpose:
- To communicate to the world about my reality as an
Aspieautistic 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 autistic men with AS, we as Aspieautistic 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 theautism spectrum) are conditions whichonly affects white males. I, as a Aspieautistic 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 beare 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 Aspieautistic adults
- Comorbidities (namely PTSD)
- “Theory of mind” related topics
- What I’m reading on the subject
- Women’s health issues in relation to autism
- Cultural issues and autism
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 autism is a valid neurological difference in the human genome
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 butComments are now closed on most posts, but if you do comment on newer posts, please DO NOT use them this blogas 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 likelybe banned from posting here again.
Finally, I have to say
that when I started this blog in 2010, it was is only the beginning. This is It was me, kicking the closet door open. I have come to believe that Asperger’s — and other conditions on the autism spectrum — are is 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.
Note to readers: you’ve probably noticed all the strikethrough language. See here for the reason for this.