[reblog] my best self

I have been giving myself permission to acknowledge my needs and care for myself in ways that met those needs

This is why the ‘label’ is important because it gives everyone a contextual framework for acceptance, understanding and growth.

Today marks the day I went to see my GP and ask for a referral for a diagnosis. She asked me some questions so she can write a ‘case for funding by the NHS’ and if that gets approved, I go on the waiting list to get my diagnosis. It could go straight through or it could take a year. People say “there’s no rush, you may as well wait” but I have spent the summer deciding if this is something I really want to pursue… And it is. I kind of don’t want to wait any longer. I’ve always been into my personal development and this is like the holy grail for that! I don’t really want to wait to know how to be my best self…

Michelle Sutton

It’s about a year since I got comfortable with saying I’m autistic. Shortly after I publicly “came out” I was asked why I would identify as disabled or allow a label like autism to be applied to me. I didn’t quite know what to say at the time, except to tell the person that labels aren’t negative and that I found it helpful in understanding myself. A year later, though, I have a more detailed answer. 

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[reblog] Adults share how recognizing autism changed their lives

Very inspirational – or, as I like to say – ‘aspierational’ 😉

Just bought Samantha Craft’s book, Everyday Aspergers. 150 journal entries, 10 years in the making! The excerpts via her Twitter (@aspergersgirls) are so relatable! Buy it via Amazon

Everyday Aspie

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 11.27.33 AMYesterday, I asked community members at @Everyday Aspergers, “How has finding out you are or might be on the autism spectrum changed your life in a beneficial way?” And these were the responses.

Having ASD has enriched my life in many ways. ~ Kasey

I am an adult autistic diagnosis. The joy and excitement to discover and to tell my sisters: “See . . . I told you there was something wrong.” I have been able to have a reason for the bullying, emotional abuse and deliberate isolation. I have found a like-minded posse that first welcomed me, accepted me and support, advise and help me. I have finally achieved acceptance of myself and am trying to achieve heart mind centeredness. Something I thought was unachievable: loving myself. ~ John

Before I knew I was Autistic, I spent my whole life trying to fit in and do things that went against…

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