This is my first time to visit AWN --- I have been dying to find such a site.... I have 2 sons with Asperger Syndrome (23 & 17) and was just recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS myself.
Having children with an autistic syndrome, you would have thought that I would have been prepared for my diagnosis, but I wasn't. I have been reading and researching for years about such things, but is very different from the inside out...but that is not to say that I haven't had a great sense of relief knowing I wasn't just crazy (I have a couple psych diagnoses as well). I kid around and say that I have my papers (as with pedigreed dog LOL) so people can go ahead and think I am crazy!
I am 48, married, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, fish....we live in Western NY. Before I quit working almost 2 yrs ago I worked as a nurse (RN). Had been in that field over 25 years, but it just got to be too much and I wigged out. Now some days I just take an hour at a time...if I try to bite off too much, I often choke on it.
I am part of a wonderful new non-for-profit called Aspiritech. They employ Aspies like me in software testing and similar computer-based fields. I am currently training to be a software tester (not earning $ for that), and I think I might be the first and only female employed there right now. But none of their employees are getting much work because clients are needed and advertising costs money.
Aspiritech is in the running for the Chase Community Giving sweepstakes. The top 200 win at least $20,000! We are doing very well but we continue to need votes. This is through Facebook. Please vote today (and pass along this message for others to place their votes as well) and give this one-of-a-kind organization a chance to grow, expand, and help Aspie adults like me with meaningful employment! Thanks.
There was an episode of Arthur (cartoon, PBS) that featured a character officially with Asperger's. The 15min long episode, titled "When Carl Met George" can be seen from the links below (via YouTube):
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiJDdg6BDXk
Court Sanctioned Child Abuse: Taking a Look at the Ugly Truth [VIDEOS] Included
Written by Sharon daVanport
Not only do I have personal connections to others who have suffered this kind of tragedy, but I have become increasingly aware of these issues since the Autism Women's Network Forumwent online in January.
The number of AWN forum members who have had personal experiences with Court Sanctioned Child Abuse is extremely telling, and a topic which I am completely dedicated to bringing to light.
If you aren't familiar with Court Sanctioned Child Abuse, then I highly recommend you look into this unbelievable injustice, and lend your voice to this travesty which is taking place in courtrooms everyday.
I figured that people might want to know about this series given its subject matter. I had no plans to watch the series, and I still don't. I cannot stand Ron Howard outside of Arrested Development, as the man finds a way to suck the life out of just about everything he has creative involvement with.
I did however catch the opening of one episode, enough to see a recap in which one of the main sets of parents find out their child has Asperger Syndrome.
The whole recap was edited as if it the diagnosis was some sort of devestating moment, which shocked the heck out of me. It was completely over the top, with the Doctor delivering the statement (again, this was only the recap, not the episode proper) as if it was some sort of end of the world information. I was honestly taken shocked by the scene and its presentation.
Now, not having Asperger syndrome, I am hardly in a position to judge the show and its presentation of Asperger Syndrome (?). Nor do I wish to watch the series given my dislike of Ron Howard. However, I must say the scene took me by surprise in how negative it seemed to be towards the diagnosis.
The Proposed DSM-V Changes: Is it a Step in the Right Direction?
Written by Corina Becker & Amy Caraballo
Lately, the online communities have been talking about the recently released proposed revisions for the the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version 5 (DSM-V). The proposed revisions embody quite a few differences in the diagnostic criteria for disorders previously under the umbrella of Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). Available onlinefor comment, the two main concerns appear to be vague wording of the diagnostic criteria and whether or not Asperger Syndrome should remain as a separate diagnosis.