Journey through the Mind series with Life with Lydia

Today, in the series of journey through the mind, Lydia from life with Lydia is sharing more about the medication series. This one is about Lorazepem. Feel free to view my channel and show your love and support for us both.

https://www.instagram.com/aspieanswers/p/Bu3WnXUl3uu/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=ve9t3279xkvz

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(#autism acceptance) Riding for Autism [March 3, 2019]

Come and join me and see what this is all about as l take you all in Feilding, New Zealand of an event that has been done for the last two years. This event was organized by Sarah Blythe who has an autistic son and wanted to raise funds for NZ teachers in training them to understand children with autism.

#aspieanswers #autism #autismacceptance #autismawareness

Going Gold for Autism

Why using a Gold Infinity symbol?

Over the last year or so, a few Autistic members have been ghosting their way around the online autistic community with good intentions. Not to be all stalker-y here, honest, but they wanted to find a constant thread that the authentic, Actually Autistic voice spoke. This is not only intended to be just for the month of April. The idea is to have a common thread that runs through all groups, advocates and supporters that was easily recognised, different and came from the autistic community, not from those who think they speak for us. The Gold Infinity is for use on ANY work, event, campaign, fundraising, whatever! It is meant as a symbol of authenticity, declaring support for acceptance all year round and stating this message came from an authentic autistic voice. We can self-police those who may abuse it. Social Media is a wonderful thing… So how did we get here? The Âû suffix has become quite common in its use as it uses the Autis(tic)(m) = Au* = Gold idea to self-identify and as a community had started #LIUG, Light it up Gold, in response to Auti$m $peak$ (A$). This was not the only use of Gold or Au we found, but it was the most common and seemed to have struck a loud chord in many groups and individuals in other countries as well as the UK.

 *Au is the International Chemical Symbol for Gold from the Latin name Aurum. The only other colour in serious contention was the Red Instead idea, also formed as opposition to A$, but without the larger base of support Gold had acquired. Nor did we really find a reason for red past experience, its opposition to blue (A$) and it makes for a great hashtag. There was no direct symbolism with Autism we could find amongst its supporters.  I should take the time to make it very clear that the idea here is not to replace or ignore others efforts and campaigns and symbols. We support them for their commitment to acceptance and the work they do to achieve this. We ALL contribute to the whole; we ALL support efforts in raising awareness of Acceptance from any who support Actually Autistic people. Neurodiversity

The use of the infinity symbol came from the growing popularity of it in spectrum colours to promote Neurodiversity. The idea of endless possibilities and untapped potential resonate through this symbol providing a simple and recognisable concept in one. Autism is itself a spectrum, but we were looking for a unique identifier (without needing to ‘cure’ it). So the idea of combining the two came to the fore. If Autistics use Gold, then other Neurodiverse communities can use their choice of colour too. Slap it on an infinity symbol and it makes up part of the Neurodiverse Spectrum. We hope this concept is also pleasing to the other unique Neurodivergent communities out there. At the end of the day, you can design your own version and use it how you wish as long as it is an authentic voice using it to promote acceptance and abides by the guidelines. It is Gold and it is an infinity symbol. It is for Acceptance. Autistic UK and other organisations and advocates have banded together to support ‘Going Gold’ for Autism Acceptance.However, there are guidelines…nice and simple ones. 1. You use the gold infinity symbol on ‘Going Gold’ campaigns and fundraising stuff. Design and size does not matter just as long as it is gold and an infinity symbol. I have put Autistic UK’s version, which reflects our logo, below as an illustration, design your own if you like. 2. Call for Autism Acceptance. Awareness is spreading and UK local authorities and housing associations and Service Providers etc have finally got the hang of awareness, so time to turn to the next, Acceptance. Please Note: The autistic community does not support ANY abusive, quack ‘cures’ like MMS/CDM, GcMAF, Chelation, turpentine, ABA or any other abusive therapy used to obviate our autistic identity. If you support any of these things, please do not use the gold infinity symbol as you will be stealing our voice for your own purposes and not benefiting autistic people at all. Finally, and not a guideline but a constant; No one person or group owns this campaign. It is a gift to all user led groups, autistic advocates and allies whoever they may be from a collective of autistic groups and individuals. This symbol comes from a collective autistic voice and is given freely to the autistic collective out there. So grab your gold infinity symbols and start pushing. Have a Gold theme to your events, Go Gold and spread the word, wear gold and share on social media, it is up to each group and individual to spread the symbol, message and colour of acceptance as they wish. There are no political boundaries here, so anyone in any country who supports Autism Acceptance is invited to participate. 

One last request; please do not put your gold infinity symbol on a puzzle piece or combine their use. We don’t like puzzle pieces. Like awareness, they are sooo last year! Let’s not debate anymore about the jigsaw puzzle piece and just accept what others want!

Autistics ARE People NOT Puzzles

Image from Swirlymind – Tumblr

For a while now, I have been coming across a series of articles as well as people from the Autistic Community on Facebook talking about how a majority of the number of people in the Autism Community no longer like the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that has different shapes of what may have been seen either on a ribbon, heart, butterfly or even just a single jigsaw puzzle piece as a symbol for people with Autism.  This has honestly surprised me, as I wasn’t aware of any negative connotations to the symbol at the time before I was being told about this. There has been a bit of misunderstanding between Neurotypicals and Autistics about Autism Awareness Month that has now been called “Autism Acceptance month”

What I have written below more about what it is and so on.

What is Autism Acceptance Month?

April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.

Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds.

In a nutshell, Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world.

You probably know an autistic person already. Get to know us a little bit better.

How did it get started?

Autism Acceptance Month takes place every year during April. The first Autism Acceptance Month celebrations were organized by Paula Durbin Westby in 2011, as a response to traditional “Autism Awareness” campaigns which the Autistic community found harmful and insufficient. “Autism Acceptance” as a concept has a history as long as the Autistic community itself, dating back to Jim Sinclair’s seminal classic “Don’t Mourn For Us” and perhaps most visibly popularized by Estee Klar’s “The Autism Acceptance Project.”

Why acceptance?

Because autistic people are your friends, family members, children, partners, co-workers, fellow-citizens, customers, and neighbors.

Because autism is a natural part of the human experience.

Because autistic rights are human rights.

Because autistic people can speak for ourselves, and we want you to listen to us.

Because we aren’t going anywhere.

Because this is our world too.

Because there are all kinds of minds, and this world is big enough for all of us.

To me, the collection of brightly colored irregular shapes represents many things.  First, it reminds me of the difference in how I see the world as well as may be of the minority of Autistics that does like this feature.  When I do a puzzle, I’m assembling an overall picture.  When any autistic that does a puzzle, they’re assembling a series of connecting shapes.  I would have a lot of trouble with a puzzle like a ribbon above, but some would see it as perfectly normal.  So it makes me remember that how some of the Autistics may see the world is different, but no less valid, than how I do.

Second, it symbolizes the many things that need to come together in order to help people with autism.  Different people and therapies, times to push and times to accept, sensory enhancements and challenges, attitudes, explanations and tools.  No one group, practice or therapy has all the answers and everyone’s puzzle will look different, but it is possible to put it all together.  Autism is a team challenge and requires not just a village, but an entire city of cooperation.  (I realize this touches on the “cure” issue, that offends some people as it implies people with autism need to be fixed, but disregarding the challenges that many people with autism have is offensive to me, more on that later.) I talked about why we shouldn’t support Autism Speaks in this video – which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOdgoXz3pkg

Note: I may do a video at some point to talk about Autism and Cures if we need any yet I think I did one on my channel somewhere that would be found if it was 
under “Aspergers and Autism Help Central Playlist”

Third, I like bright colors because it stands out, much as people with autism do.  But just as the jumble of colors might be initially offputting or confusing, as people become used to it, they can see the beauty and interesting parts.  

Now, some of the objections are valid.  People complain that the puzzle (especially with the primary colours) is juvenile, either infantilizing adults with autism or ignoring them completely.  Others dislike the symbology of a puzzle with a missing piece, implying there is something missing or needing to be fixed.  Others feel that since autism is a spectrum, then the symbol should represent that (usually using a rainbow).

Then there are the objections that I have a problem with.  A lot of the objections center around Autism Speaks, which uses a puzzle piece as its symbol.  I dislike how Autism Speaks presents autism and their confrontational, melodramatic approach, but I also don’t feel that one organization gets to co-opt the entire movement.  If we have a problem with Autism Speaks, then we need to deal with them, rather than trying to come up with a new symbol (which they would inevitably pick up anyway).

And finally, there is the anti-cure crowd, which is mostly made up of high-functioning people with autism who resent the implication that their way of seeing the world is any less valid than neurotypicals.  There’s a valid issue there, but what bothers me is when they claim to speak for all people with autism.  Someone who was able to learn to communicate and who can function independently in society has a very different view than those who need intensive help to learn even the basic skills of interaction and function.  For that person to then judge the second (or the second’s family) for using therapy and claiming that the therapy isn’t necessary, that’s offensive.  To me, this is rather like someone on crutches claiming to speak for all people on the handicap spectrum and saying that ramps aren’t necessary because he or she doesn’t need to personally use a wheelchair.

I have also in my defense have like the point that there are some other symbols now in representation for this month of Autism Acceptance and they are the infinity symbols of both in color and in gold.

In the end, I feel that the puzzle is still a good symbol for people with autism and the challenge.  Because, the most important aspect is that no piece is the same as any other, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all work together.
I guess also that to end my thoughts is that sometimes we need to be aware that yes we all have our own opinions on that matter hence why I did a video based on this about this symbol should it stay or should it go which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yxb5ewqYIY.

Yet, again we are all people and should be able to accept the differences of thoughts and opinions from everyone. Don’t you agree?


UPDATE & – Getting ready for Autism Awareness month Plans [2019]

update #autismawareness #gettingready #aspieanswers

Are you ready this year in what we hope to do for Autism Awareness on my channel? I shared briefly to what I hope to achieve and that is for us to wear my merch that is new and if you do, decide to wear it, do use the hashtag #nodifferent #noless and send them to me or even do a quick video as I may while streaming either here on YouTube or Twitch for the 24hours have you all as a thanks and shoutout to you all if you want one. There is much more shared yet watch the video to find out more.

https://youtu.be/FhuM8AzJwwc

What I shared in the video is:
*Merch ready to go for Autism Awareness month as well as my branding of channel.
*Discount code between the 28Feb to 5th March, you get 15% off and it is of the discount code: US GETU15 LIMITED TIME ONLY.
*Livestream before the month of Autism awareness month.
*Advertising help and assistance

Special credits to:

Images: The stars burst in my intro belongs to the owner Lala and then link her channel

IMAGE: Subscribe+Notification Bell+Social Media Greenscreens!
Credit to: EDITINGHACKSBYLALA
Channel Name: JanTube
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCncv…
Image from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4beP…

Where to find her: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jantubehacks
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jantubeyt
Website: https://jantube.wixsite.com/jantubeblogs

Thanks for watching and your support

Accounts to my social media sites to follow me on:

Facebook:
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Twitter:
https://www.twitter.com/@aspieanswers

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/aspieanswers

DONATE TO THE CAUSE AND FUTURE PROJECTS:

Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/AspieAnswers

BUY MY MERCH BY VISITING HERE:
https://www.spreadshirt.com/life-of-an-aspie

To discuss more into what I talked about if interested in helping me with the live stream or even advertising for me, contact me as of from above or even on Discord where you can find me as
Mini_Aspie#4666

Thanks for your support and let’s make this happen this year!

Aspie Answers

Update February 2019

Hi all,

This is a long time for me to come back to write and share what is happening with me so far and let me tell you by all means that there is a lot that has been happening. My future plans and projects I have for myself and the channel are mentioned below but before I do share this I will tell you who I am that may not know me. My name is Aspie Answers from Life of an Aspie and that she creates videos on Mental Health and Autism and not only does she creates them, she also advocates and she needs our help in any way possible.

Aims & Goals

  • To advocate, educate and mentor others on and off the spectrum as well as mental health.
    • Advocacy: As per what it reads above in my purpose as an advocate, I will do my utmost best to achieve everything that is required of me to do of the duties at hand.
    • Educating: As for educating others, I will lead by example and to give my intellectual, moral, and social instruction to (someone), typically at a school or university.

My aims and goals for her channel as well as to what I hope to achieve are as follows:


Or to give (someone) training in or information on a particular subject. For example in this case, I will plan to educate others that are interested in learning more about Mental Health as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders and also to raise some awareness around this along with the understanding of it all.

  • Mentoring: With all of this that has been shared so far, I believe that I should be trusted along with giving sound advice based on my own experiences in what I’ve been through that others are willing to learn and grow from what they go through to be or to become better people in the future.
  • By supporting others that it will be my duty to do my utmost best to find the right means of support through myself or the organization that I am working for and assisting others to be sure that every need is met.
  • To remove the stereotyping thinking that Autism Spectrum Disorders is a mental disorder.
  • To remove the myths about Aspergers Syndrome & Autism.
  • To create an understanding of what Aspergers Syndrome is really about for me while living with it.

She would also hope that with our help that with Autism Awareness coming up if anyone of you are interested who are in the same niche or not to wear a t-shirt of hers as support during Autism Awareness month and that have the hashtag of #autismawareness2019#nolessnodifferent in their videos or what have you. As well she is trying to find anyone that does live streams that do support this for now and hopefully with whatever amount she makes via through the stream as well as selling her shirts to the viewers that a certain percentage goes back to the organization as well here in NZ.

I am also before Autism Awareness month if anyone is willing to help design a poster to place on her page on Facebook and other social media as well as anyone that could be interested in spreading the word about this and much more. I know that this is a bit of a stretch but we believe that with your help and teamwork anything is possible.

I have also been trying to get some collabs done as well but this can wait after the first week or two of April to begin them again if any interested based on some of her icebreaker questions to get to know you and your condition and spreading awareness that way and then also if brave enough to share your story more about this in a documentary format style video. You can view her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWKw1HpNsu_EyAhhEJrayyw…

The videos that I have created are in this playlist which you can watch here: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

I have also just recently put my website I wish to get done on hold unless anyone is willing to assist with this and as a return, you can get a shoutout on my channel and word of thanks via through my Patreon page to raise funds. My site for what she has been using as a blog page to become a website is: https://lifeofanaspieweb.wordpress.com/

The merch store she has just created and is now live is www.spreadshirt.com/life-of-an-aspie. Feel free to check it out to show your support. There are some new items I have just added also just for this limited time only as of at least 15% off everything on my merch store right now when you visit. Run Time: February 28th – March 5th Coupon Code US: GETU15. Get this while it lasts! Spead the word. #autismawareness#nodifferentnoless Aspie.

Another form of financial support outside of YouTube is my patreon page as mentioned to raise funds and there should be something for anyone at any cost. Show some support by visiting and sharing most of these links to others visit it at: https://www.patreon.com/AspieAnswers.

Other places that you can reach her is: 
Discord:Mini_Aspie #4666
Facebook:AspieAnswers
Twitter: @aspieanswers
Instagram: @aspieanswers

Thanks for your time and feel to reach out to her for any more questions or would like to assist me.

Let’s make this dream a reality!

How do l socialise on social situations as an Autistic?

#Socialization #aspieanswers #autism

As we know for many of us not just autistics will come to a point in their life that they will struggle with socialising and interacting with
their peers by conversation and holding a conversation along with eye contact.

I talked briefly about how I go about socializing with my peers or how I interact with people in forms of communication and so much more. I also gave some advice for this as well.

Thanks for your support and thanks for watching.

Videos that I mentioned in the video to watch for more information:

*How to be a friend to someone who is Autistic?
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm-_ahSaU10&index=55&t=0s&list=PLD1nCoeovTZ53B9xfw8vgujCMNTYfKElC

* Aspergers Syndrome & Meltdowns/Sensory Overload/Tantrums & more playlist

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD1nCoeovTZ7dZgDMPm6czbrWLXogBvUK

*Autism/Why Eye Contact is hard for people on the Autism Spectrum

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOVRBPHHnR0&index=157&t=0s&list=PLD1nCoeovTZ53B9xfw8vgujCMNTYfKElC

*Friendship & Socialisation Help Central Playlist series:

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD1nCoeovTZ5FRKGUeYX9bZc7ENxkNhbD

*Autism Females and Masking
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRgs74MyHvw&t=58s

*Autism & Aspergers Help Central Tips and Advice Playlist:

Credits to:

The stars burst in my intro belongs to the owner Lala and then link her channel

Credit to: EDITINGHACKSBYLALA
Channel Name: JanTube
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCncvsetg0_6SDADlbeVbFrQ

Where to find her: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jantubehacks
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jantubeyt
Website: https://jantube.wixsite.com/jantubeblogs

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GOGetFunding:
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Patreon:
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BUY MY MERCH BY VISITING HERE:

https://shop.spreadshirt.com/life-of-an-aspie

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Follow your head and not your heart

#followyourheart #aspieanswers

In this day and age right now that there has been some misleading information into how we should be following our hearts and that no matter what it has been misconstrued by other means such as motivational posters or other items that
reads to follow your heart and much more. The statement of following our hearts has been now diminished and vanish in thin air. There are recent debates to what we should be doing – do we dare to follow our heart or do we dare to follow our head. You choose.
You’re torn between two options—one risky, the other is safe. Friends and family will likely tell you to “listen to your heart,” as it “knows what’s best for you.” Oprah Winfrey,
too, suggests you follow your emotional inclinations rather than that logic would suggest. But is that really good advice? Think back on the times when you did follow your heart. How did it work out? Maybe there were occasions when you threw caution to the wind and let your emotions take the wheel, and all went well. But it’s likely there are at least as many times when your decision delivered the opposite outcome.

I also spoke about the reasons why we should follow our heart and not our head. Feel free to watch and find out what I think about this.

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GOGetFunding:
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Patreon:
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