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In the Aspie Closet

By Andrew Crippen I’ve known that I have Asperger’s Syndrome for about 3 years now. At least, known to the extent that a person can know without a professional diagnosis. I suppose, at age 35, it wasn’t the life altering news it is for some of us who finally figure it out, but it certainly … Continue reading

Autism and Empathy, the Fixers and the Huggers

In a bold perspective on empathy and autism, Dr. Jacob A. Burack compares displays of empathy between a child with autism, and a typically developing child, the neurotypical. In his book titles, The development of autism: perspectives from theory and research, he discusses the finding of various studies on behavioral responses to adults showing distress, fear … Continue reading

Autism and Communication – Emotion/Feelings Chart

While typically developed people have a natural ability and an interest to share their feelings and emotions, individuals with Autism find it very challenging to do that in the expected manner. The tools that the majority of the population use without even thinking, are facial expressions and gestures, as well as complex adjectives describing emotions. … Continue reading

Asperger’s and Jobs

Workplace Related Links http://www.aspiritech.org – Aspiritech is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide a path for high functioning individuals on the Autism Spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment. Dude, I’m an Aspie! – Asperger’s advantages in the workplace. Free iPads and Tablets – 7 Ways to Get a Free iPad for … Continue reading

Handwriting That Works

Our member Kate Gladstone is the world’s only known handwriting expert who is on the Autism Spectrum — giving her added insight into the handwriting problems of people with autism, Asperger’s, and other neurological issues. Kate’s Handwriting Repair: Handwriting That Works business teaches individuals a high-efficiency array of skills to improve their handwriting. Kate is also sought after by professionals … Continue reading

Blog Themes

This blog is a cooperative effort of all members. Some themes that we tried and since replaced are highlighted below. If  you want to make a suggestion or revert to any of the previously used themes, just let the admin know. Current Theme The Morning After by WooThemes A classic magazine theme featuring a custom menu, header and … Continue reading

Words – A Poem

Words – A Poem by Henny S.  Words. They are stuck. It’s stuck in my throat. No place to go. Easing it out with very little tools Sharp objects obstructing its path Worrying its way through. There. Some words still left behind Deeper down in the pit In the stomach, hastening to escape. Unsure how … Continue reading

God and Spirituality

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard an Atheist moan, ‘Oh God” when their life is in a mess… We do turn to a higher power we we can, no more. So perhaps it works for positive too. When we are awed, we attribute it to a higher power. Whether we know for sure what … Continue reading

Pails To The Radio

PAILS TO THE RADIO Non-fiction essay by Kate Gladstone I forget the man’s name (if I ever learned it). He said he was a disability self-advocate with an autism spectrum condition. When he learned that I, too, am on the spectrum, he told me how he was repeatedly refused the legally guaranteed accommodations for his … Continue reading

Profile – Andrew Crippen

 Works at United States Army  Studied at University of West Florida   Lives in Ghent, New York  From Clifton Park, New York  Born on September 29, 1973 Occupation/Other Details: Work and Education Employers United States Army New York State Zookeeper We are all animals, after all. College University of West Florida Class of 1996 High School Shenendehowa High School Find me on Facebook. (You … Continue reading