Monday, May 4, 2009

Break time: An Adult With ASD Helping Herself!

To whom it may concern:

I have been a horrible person with ASD (Asperger’s Syndrome). I have wasted countless hours online when I should have been working on my English homework, practicing piano, engaging in my other passionate and deeply focused interests, and doing alternative (biomedical) and mainstream treatments to improve my quality of life.

I've engaged in frequent and pointless arguments, personal attacks, name calling, and other ineffective conversation methods. I've created and responded to insensitive and destructive threads one after another. I have conversed with people with ASD and parents of people with ASD. The common trend on Autism Speaks Social Network is attacking opposing views, defamation of character, personal attacks, name calling, questioning diagnoses, and other useless and disrespectful conversation techniques.

At no time have I really furthered my development through the various uses of Autism Speaks Social Network. It has been more a waste of time than anything, and I, for one, am vastly ashamed of myself. In my quest to offer personal experience and suggestions that would enhance the lives of autistic people and parents of people on the Autism Spectrum, I have harmed my own life by neglecting my emotional, mental, and physical health.

In my quest to gain more knowledge about how diverse the challenges of people with ASD are, I have learned reasons why I should "celebrate" having autism and argue with others that have opposing views in the Autism Spectrum community. I have partaken in one insane action after another. Well, I am done as of today.

Katie on Autism Speaks Social Network will now move toward her blog
. I will leave my account up and running if someone wishes to contact me through private message.

What am I going to do? I am going to be a better person with autism, friend, college student, and employee. I could probably quantify that statement in numerous different ways, but it all boils down to simply being a better person. After I improve my quality of life, I may or may NOT surface again. I have already obtained a laptop – Intel HP, but I still need to install a text-to-speech program and other programs.

For now, and until the end of the summer, I am going to have to say good-bye. Anyway, good luck to the remaining people with ASD who have specific medical diagnoses of Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, or Asperger’s Syndrome, and parents of people on the Autism Spectrum.


  1. In my opinion, it almost always isn't worth the time or effort to get into arguments on the internet in forums and similar locations. There are so many important things that need doing in the real world. The internet can be a useful tool for advocacy, but it shouldn't replace the advocacy itself.

  2. Don't be hard on yourself, I know what it is like to wanna spend less time online, I sometimes wanna do that myself so that I won't be seen as a lazy who is just sitting on his butt when I wanna be a productive member of society.

    I wanna be so productive that loads who call Autistic people the R word, will cry like babies about how wrong they are, then the Moms and Dads of those meanies will make them do manual labor to give em something to do.

    I am glad you wish to be productive too.