The Engaging Mind of Autism

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Taming my stim and hyper-focus

I have described autism as an ever constant need for stimulation. When people work with and support the autistic, the biggest question of all is: can we control our stim? The answer truly depends upon the person. When people consider me high functioning, I have to point out that I did not have control over…

The Stigma of Not Working a Job

What people with disabilities have to deal with when we make the decision to not work a job is dealing with the stigma of not working a job. Stigma is a negative stereotype and discrimination is the behavior that results from this negative stereotype [1]. The discrimination can come in the form of coercion, interference,…

How the SAT affected my life

I did not find out about my autism until I attended a four-year college at University of California, Riverside (UCR) when I was unable to finish midterm exam. When I informed my professor, she told me that I should find out if I qualify for extra time. I took her advice and went to the…

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