Autism Awareness Month

It's my thirteenth annual rant about Autism Awareness Day and Month. If you’re an autistic, let us promote Autistic Pride Month together. Join me. Do you want to be an ally? Tell people that April is Autistic Pride Month and a month for learning about autistics and their history. It’s April 2 as I record this episode and I’m already tired of the ads I’m seeing on television, hearing on the radio, and reading online. I can’t wait for April to end so I don’t feel so frustrated and angry.   The Autistic Me on Social Media Blog: Podcast: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: LinkedIn: Check out this episode!

Kate McNulty The Autistic Therapist on Relationships

The Autistic Therapist, Kate McNulty, discusses her book Love and Asperger’s . We also discuss gender identity, sexuality, and the challenges faced by autistics in relationships with neurotypical partners. About Love and Asperger’s Kate McNulty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and certified relationship therapist through the Gottman Institute of Seattle, Washington. She is a certified sex therapist and member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). You can learn more about McNulty on her website,  McNulty is the author of Love and Asperger’s: Practical Strategies to Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen their Connection . Love and Asperger’s is published under the Rockridge Press imprint of Callisto Media. Lover and Asperger’s on Amazon: Kate McNulty:   The Autistic Me: Blog:

Autism, ADHD, and Bursts of Productivity

Productive. I want to be productive. More precisely, I want to know I am contributing to our family by producing work that earns an income. I'm one of the 85% of autistic adults with a college degree and no full-time employment. That's our reality. Don't tell me we are accepted. Don't tell me everything is better with an education. The degree merely proves I'm capable, not that I have the social skills necessary to navigate most workplaces. Change is needed. It's too late for me, but not the next generation. The Autistic Me on Social Media Blog: Podcast: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: LinkedIn: Check out this episode!

We Need a Break from This Break

One year. The novel coronavirus pandemic has dragged on long enough. I’m tired of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic. It’s not that I have big plans for the end of the pandemic. We’re not immediately taking or trip or attending a concert. It is the anxiety that accompanies basic tasks that exhausts me. I want that anxiety to go away. Needing a Break from this Break No matter how much you might love your partner and your children, there’s a limit to how much together time most of us can endure. A year of together time is too much. I look forward to night when everyone else is asleep. I miss being able to escape to cafes and diners, where I would sit and write or work on projects while consuming massive amounts of tea or coffee. Susan and I both need “me time” without each other or the girls. We need a break from this never-ending break from social obligations. The Autistic Me: Blog: Podcast: Facebook:  ht

Life Coach Catherine Guimard

Catherine (“Cat”) Guimard-Payen provides life coaching to autistic women, but that’s not why I asked her to join us on The Autistic Me Podcast. Catherine is also autistic and the parent of four Neurodiverse children, two with autism and two diagnosed as multi-dis, which means they have multiple neuropsychological differences.  Catherine and her family live in France. As our casual chat reveals, French autistics face similar challenges to those encountered in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, and elsewhere. We discuss how the experiences of our children aren’t unique.  As the father to two Neurodiverse daughters, I want them to have role models like Catherine Guimard.  You can learn more about Catherine’s work at: Website:   YouTube Channel:   EMail: The Autistic Me on Social Media Blog:

Online Memorials, The Autism Memorial

Every year on March 1, the disability community gathers across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. Filicide, the murder by one's parents, is one of the top three causes of death in children under five. It is one of the top five overall causes of death among all children and teens. Autistic children are particularly vulnerable, as parents use the “trauma” of having an autistic child as a legal defense.  Encounters with police can also be dangerous for autistics, especially autistic persons of color. Individuals with a mental illness, including autism, are 16 times more likely to die during an encounter with police, the highest of any group studied. From 2013 through 2015, data show half of the police encounter deaths were people with mental illnesses or cognitive differences. https://auti

My Neurodiverse Daughters

Daddy tends to be a pushover when the girls ask to learn. This time, they wanted to learn how the podcasting gear works. So, we set up the Zoom R16, three microphones, and off we went. This episode is the product of our 90 minutes of learning together.  The girls discuss sensory processing, ADHD, therapeutic supports, and school. The classroom "wiggle tables" still upset me. Public school wasn't always working for the girls.  The Autistic Me: Blog: Podcast: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: LinkedIn:   Check out this episode!