This Is Autism!

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What is autism to me?

Well… As an individual on the spectrum, autism is a part of my life and will never go away any time soon. But I can tell you the good qualities about autism that most people don’t understand. Here is what autism is and what it looks like.

Autism is…

Autism is intelligent.

Autism is lovable.

Autism is a loyal friend.

Autism is a gifted artist.

Autism is a wild child that did crazy things, in which, drove my mother and dad crazy.
Example?!

I use to climb a tree in our big yard. I could climb to the second story window and wave to either my mom, dad, or one of my sisters.

Autism is a beautiful individual.

Autism is unique.

Autism is a lover of the arts.

I wish I can go on and on about it, but let me show what autism looks like to me, my family, and friends.

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I am a wonderful daughter!
I am the youngest of 4 sisters and a good one!
I am an awesome aunt to my 3 nieces and 2 nephews!
I am a loyal and the best friend that anyone could have. Without those people in my life, I have no idea where I would be today
I am a dog lover.
I am pretty.
I am smart.
I am funny.
I am easy-going and laid back
I am a loving and caring person!

This is what autism is!
This is what autism looks like!
This is autism!

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My Perspective On This Issue.

Wow…. Just… Wow!

So this morning, I woke up, made coffee for myself, then I checked my personal Facebook when I heard that Autism Speaks is in Washington D.C. speaking about this “national crisis” on autism. I just read this letter by the co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright. This letter has some sort of an affect on me.

Mrs. Wright’s Letter

And this is what folks in the autism community had something to say to Mrs. Wright and her letter.

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Yeeeaahh…. They’re not happy campers with Autism Speaks, including myself. I never wrote any of the comments, I just read it and see what everyone have to say about the issue.

From what I have heard, they do not include autistic people to speak about their experiences, perspectives, and what autism made the person he/she became today in a positive way. Autism Speaks wants it to be about the negative side of autism.

Now here is what I want to say about this and how I feel:

I am NOT a tragedy
I am NOT a burden to my family
I am NOT a statistic
I am NOT an epidemic

And lastly…

I am NOT a disease!

Autism made me who I am. All I want is acceptance for who I am and what I want to do with myself. I DO NOT want to be “cured”!

I have a strong support system that includes my family and close friends. No matter what I want to do with my life, they will be there for me and root for me! Looks like I am not a burden to anyone in my life after all.

All Everyone, including myself, want is our voices to be heard, not silenced!

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To anyone who is autistic and reading this, all that matter to us that we are who we are and always see the positives about autism.

To any parent(s) who has a child with autism, never get discouraged and never give up! No matter what circumstances with your child, what’s important is to love and support him/her and be the best damn mom and dad you can be. Screw the negatives! Look at the positives and be positive!

Here is more articles about Autism Speaks if you want read more:

Diary of a Mom
Autism Women’s Network
John Elder Robinson
Emma’s Hope Book: What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks?

Let’s have discussion.

Tell me how you feel about this issue!?

Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

I Am With Shea!

Special Needs girl being tormented by bullies

When I first heard of this story last week, I was appalled that those kids were bullying their fellow student via text messages making fun of her mental condition. The girl is 18, but has a mind of an 8 year old due to some kind brain injury she had at birth. Those bullies made fun of her by saying things like, “you’re ugly!” “No one likes you!” “Go kill yourself!” And so on and so forth. I feel horrible for this poor girl because it kinda hit home for me.

Back when I younger, I got bullied and ridiculed due to my communication difficulties, but it wasn’t to the extreme. I got called some terrible names, such as “retard”, “stupid”, etc… It was a terrible time growing up with autism.

If I want to say anything to those bullies who wrote these horrible messages, I would say what in the hell were you kids thinking!? Does this young girl had suffer enough? Not only this suffering, but her mother is suffering from this! Her mother had to go sit with her at lunch so they won’t attack her daughter! I don’t know what it is like to be a parent who has a child with special needs, but it’s a terrible to have your child getting ridicule by his/her peers and you do not know what to do.

To Shea (18 year old): You are beautiful inside and out! Don’t let these brats get to you! The only thing you can do is be your beautiful self! You are worth something in your life. Stay strong, girl! We all have faith in you!

To the parents out there: Please monitor your children cell phone activity so this doesn’t happen like this again!

#ImwithShea

#ImwithShea Facebook Page

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What Do I Want To Do In 5 Years From Now… ?

I went up to visit my friend and her family for the weekend after my break up with my boyfriend. I needed some relaxation and serenity with my mind. It’s a long story of why I broke up with him, but hopefully we are staying friends. I love him and I always will, but I need to step back, cope with my broken heart, and move on.

So anyway, one night my friend, Erin, and I had a conversation about what I want to do with my life. I have been out of school for so long that I need to do something with myself by going back and finish where I started, but this time it will be different. Hopefully, I will be living with her and the family until I get a certificate or a degree and then find a well payed job. I’m only 23 years old and I do not want to be living with my parents for the rest of my life and do nothing. I want to do something great with my life.

Remember on my last post that I do want to be a motivational speaker for a living. I want to find a major for it, but i don’t know what. I can either major in social work or women’s studies.

I have a lot thinking to do. It will take time for me to think. I want take advantage of it before I hit 30. I don’t want to be where I’m at in 5 years. I want to have a great future for myself; go back to school, get a well payed job, possibly find someone special who can join my journey.

This is my destiny.

Autism Positivism

Let them think what they want to think. I know that there are so many people with autism out there being awesome that we will spread the message around that autism isn’t all bad.  As for the naysayers, my hope is that the awesomeness will overtake their negativity.

Lydia

I read this blog a couple of days ago, it really made me think about the positive side of autism.  I made it so far to be where I’m at today!  Yes, there were lots of ups and downs with my autism, but all in all, I always tell myself to never give up, be the strongest person you are, and keep moving.  Forget the negative side on autism, such as the symptoms, etc…  Think positive!  Think about yourself and how far you became a great human being.

I am very thankful every single day that I am high-functioning, not non-verbal.  If I was non-verbal, I would never be sitting behind a keyboard telling you about my experience with autism.  Most of the time, I do my very best to think positive about myself and what I have become!

I met a few people who are on the spectrum.  2 of them I met in person and the 2 others on the internet.  I was amazed by how these people are awesome and they do great things in their lives, despite of autism.  They made me think that if they can do it, I can too!  Without meeting these people, I don’t think I would never have the encouragement to think like that!

That is why I started this blog is because I want to show anyone whom is on the Autism Spectrum that there is positivity in us for our accomplishment!  Let everyone talk negative about autism!  All that matters is be the person you want to be and be whatever you want to be!

All I can say from Lydia’s blog is stay awesome, guys!

I’ll catch yinz later!

Lydia’s Blog

 

Autistic Speaks

I got back late Sunday night (as in 4 AM) from my trip to visit one of my closest friends for her 21st birthday.  She also has autism, and so do most of her friends.  Her party took place at a pottery studio where we painted our own pottery.  Not typical for a 21st birthday party, but, in my opinion, it’s also totally awesome.  I got to meet her friends, and I’m not even kidding that I wanted to take them all home with me!  These guys and girls were all late teens or young adults and were also the sweetest, kindest, most genuine group of “kids” I’ve ever met.  I have never been that comfortable in a group before.  No anxiety!  That’s saying a lot!

I’m in a tough place, autism-wise.  It’s hard to tell that I have it, right away.  I have odd voice intonation, I get stuck…

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Blog 1: Being A Creative Writer Isn’t Easy As I Expected! My story!

Hello bloggers,
My name is Alex Karsesnick and this is my first blog post!

I have no idea how to start off with my writings on here, but I can start by telling you about myself!
I am a 23-year-old living with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), a form of autism. I was diagnosed with the disorder when I was 6 years old. My parents had no idea what it was back then (1996, I believe), but they did the best they can to help me.

If you want to know more, click the link below:

My Autism, My Journey

This was back in 2012 when I wrote this on Kerry Magro’s blog. I was in college majoring in Education Paraprofessional (Teacher’s Aide) because I wanted to help someone like me in the classroom and be a good role model, but I decided at the end of the second semester, it really was not for me. The reason why is because once I graduate college with an Associate Degree in Paraprofessional, I have to wait a few years until I get hired at a school district or a private school! I thought about it for a while and I decided that I want to pick something else. I dropped out after 2 semesters due to some circumstances.

What am I doing today? Honestly, I do not know what I want to do with my life at this point. I mean I want to be Motivational Speaker, but it’s hard to do so for so many reasons. One is I don’t have a drivers’ license. Second, I don’t have a degree in anything, which it doesn’t matter if you have it or not, but still. When I thought about it, it will be harder than I thought it will be.

I am not looking for sympathy from any of you. The only reason why I thought that people with autism or any other disability is or was in the same position as I am right now. I am sure I am not alone in this!

Thank you for reading and hopefully I will write some more next time

Have a good night!

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