Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Future of The Autistic Help

I'm just going to cut right to the chase when it comes to this blog in its entirety. When I started The Autistic Help blog, I had a goal in mind, and that goal was to get people talking about this blog. I have encouraged readers to chime in with their own thoughts on the topics that I have brought up on this blog, and to this day I still encourage readers to do so. I can't help but wonder, though, if there's something I'm missing about this whole thing.

There are a few questions that I want to ask my blog readers, and these are serious questions:

  • Do you actually care about The Autistic Help blog? Do you actually care about what I have to say?
  • If you do care about this blog, then why haven't I received a single comment? Why, after all this time, have I gotten 0 comments?
  • Is there anything that I'm missing about all things related to Autism Awareness? If so, what is it?
  • What can I do to actually help you, the readers? What do you want me to do?

I ask these following questions because I will be very honest in saying that I'm not happy with the kind of progress I have been making with this blog. Honestly, I would have liked it had some conversations gotten started as a result of a blog post I made. In short, I don't know what I'm doing wrong if I am doing anything wrong.

Am I asking too many questions? Am I too detailed in my blog posts? Do I write in such a tone that inadvertently scares readers away? I just don't know anymore. I am deeply concerned that all this writing of mine on this blog is just going to distance potential new readers away from me, and that is the exact opposite of what I want to achieve here on The Autistic Help.

Away from this blog, which is something we all call "real life", I am not doing too well. I probably did a good job of masking that with the blog posts I made to open 2015, but what I'm saying here is the truth. I feel like in some aspects my life is going downhill. I'm struggling mightily when it comes to economics. I feel like all the stories I tell about my experiences with other people just gets pushed aside and labeled as insignificant. I feel like no matter how many times I tell people that I need help, it will fall on deaf ears and those same people will end up laughing at me behind my back. It's never a good feeling.

I am usually one to be optimistic on this blog. I am usually one to post something uplifting that will actually inspire people who are autistic like me to chase their dreams and achieve what they want in life. It does give me comfort to believe that I can make a difference by using a keyboard to type in inspiring messages to other autistic people.

However, I don't know how much longer I can do this realistically.

I have my own established goal that I feel like I should meet per month, which would be 4 blog posts. I have this goal for both The Autistic Help and the Gaming Journalist Gazette blogs. I feel comfortable with this goal. However, if no one is going to pitch in and give me support and help, then I feel like the purpose of this blog becomes more and more defeated. After a while, it feels like I'm just typing to myself and no one else seems to ultimately care.

Having said this, I have decided to put all my readers on notice by putting up this challenge, which goes like this:

- I ask for at least 1 comment on a blog post of mine per month from someone who isn't directly associated with me. If I don't even get 1 comment per month, then you will start seeing less and less of The Autistic Help blog. If I still have 0 comments by the end of 2015, then most likely I will put this blog on a long hiatus. It's a waste of my time to keep churning out blog posts about topics that no one wants to discuss.

There you guys go. That's the challenge. 1 comment per month at the very least. In times where I myself am in dire straights, I could use some motivation of my own. Now it's up to you guys, my readers, to decide how much you really care about The Autistic Help blog and if the future of this blog will be bright or bleak.

Monday, May 25, 2015

In The News: May 2015




 In The News: May


Jobs Suitable for Persons With Autism
AutismCare - Employment
How These 4 Major Companies Are Tackling The Autism Unemployment Rate

The theme of this month centers around the continuous battles that people with autism encounter when it comes to employment. It's hard enough for those who aren't autistic to get work, so could you imagine how much harder it really is for autistic people to get work?

This is yet another part of the miscommunication that exists between autistic people and those who aren't. There are certain needs that autistic people have, and sadly, not every company in the world will be willing to accommodate such needs. Not every company in the borderline cutthroat world of business will make any sort of compromises that would benefit the autistic employee. That's the way the world works in this day and age, my friends. That's the way this world has been working. In plenty of cases, business stops for no one, so if you are autistic and you're faced with a tough task to accomplish, but you know you need some help in getting that job done, what will you do? Better yet, what can you do when all employees in a company may be programmed to work only for themselves and their own job security?

I think it's nice that some organizations out there are trying to reach out to the autistic employees, at least attempting to better understand what the autistic employee in general is all about. I have noticed such changes in recent history. However, there are still things to work on when it comes to settling on a criteria for job searching, and this is where I think the waters are still kinda muddy.

Just because you develop a list of jobs that you think might be suitable for people with autism doesn't mean that those jobs will actually be the ones that autistic people end up keeping for a long time. It doesn't matter what kind of research you conduct, although it does help if you need to do the research. Not every autistic person has the same set of interests and goals. I know that while other autistic people have pushed themselves to enter the Video Game Industry in some fashion, I don't see myself as a copycat, so to speak. I want to enter the Video Game Industry because I know I can contribute my skills as a writer to such a media platform. I wasn't influenced by other autistic employees to believe this.

The unemployment rate is especially a peculiar and complex issue to talk about here in the United States. For autistic people and non-autistic people, the narrative is pretty much the same. "Where did the good jobs go?" Funny enough, the powers that be in the business world refuse to give us a complete 100% answer to that question, but I have a strong feeling why this is the case. There are some things that business people just don't want to reveal to us until the last second. I'll leave it at that.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Video Games and Autism - The Autistic Help

Study: Video Games Don't Trigger Agression In Adults With Autism



I had a feeling at some point that I would be discussing two core topics that catch my interest at the same time, and I feel like now would be the time to discuss this. I am on the Autism Spectrum with Asperger's Syndrome and one of my many interests happens to be playing video games. For some of you who are reading The Autistic Help blog, you know that I also host another blog called the Gaming Journalist Gazette (http://gamingjournalistgazette.blogspot.com/) and I frequently update this gaming blog as well as this one.

So how much of a factor is it when we discuss the issue of autistic people playing video games? Do we as autistic people mesh well with gamers who aren't autistic? What are we good at in the gaming arena? What do we lack? Does it matter?

Promoting Autism Awareness is a good cause, to be sure, and sometimes that promotion blends in with gaming events. Sometimes game developing companies will take the time to reach out to those who are on the Autism Spectrum and establish charitable events that make autistic people feel included. The question is this. How well do autistic people take to gaming events?

Better than what you might think. The Video Game Industry puts an emphasis on creativity and particular details that make certain games really fun to play. Autistic people pay great attention to such details and they will focus on those details, which makes it easier for autistic gamers to relate to their favorite gaming products.

Playing a video game is considered to be an escape from reality for many people, and I have to believe that this is especially the case for autistic gamers. Considering the fact that we are autistic, we sometimes have a hard time interacting with other people who aren't autistic, at least not in the normal in-person way.


Doesn't this look cool?

With the special feature that is online multiplayer gaming, however, the communication gap between autistic gamers and other gamers is somewhat bridged. While playing your favorite MMORPG, for example, it doesn't matter to you what kind of condition a person you are playing with has. It doesn't matter to you if you are the one with autism, and it shouldn't. The main purpose of playing an online multiplayer game is to just have fun and casually chat with others. There is no need to disclose your condition to others unless you absolutely feel comfortable doing so.

In the Video Game Industry, there is a market out there for autistic gamers, and I know this fact very well. There is a good chunk of gaming fanbases that have autistic people representing them, and if you look around, you can tell that this isn't a big problem at all to game development companies. Any new markets that are developed from a single gaming product don't go ignored.

I remember when I was a kid I used to play video games with other kids semi-regularly, and me being autistic didn't factor in at the time because I didn't get officially diagnosed until much later in my life. I never thought about myself being different in that context even though I knew I was different in some shape or form. When I played video games with other kids, and normally kids I saw at elementary school all the time, I never experienced any real problems. I was Player 2 and the other kid was Player 1. No problem. We played the games we wanted to play and we had fun. I didn't have any real problems communicating when I had my hands on a game controller.

Talking about anything related to gaming is basically a fluent language that almost anyone can speak as long as they are generally interested in video games. Why does it matter if, oh by the way, you or someone you know is autistic? I play some video games that are played by more well known gamers (YouTube community), and how I play these games doesn't change just because I see other gamers succeeding in playing these same games.

"Wait! No! I don't think I'm qualified to play that game! I am autistic!"

^ Never think like this. The learning curve is the same for everyone, autistic or not, when it comes to playing a video game for the very first time. You will have your struggles in learning how to play some games, but practice makes perfect. If you keep practicing you will be just fine. I have 100% completed my fair share of video games already, and I completed them because I stuck with them and I eventually found ways to beat the hardest levels.


To Be Continued On The Gaming Journalist Gazette...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In The News: April 2015




In The News will be a new experimental feature for The Autistic Help blog, a way to possibly generate interest in topics related to autism awareness. In The News will feature a few articles written by other news outlets and I will provide my opinions of those articles in these blog entries. I hope that you will find In The News interesting. Now let's begin.

Why not be inclusive instead of aware? 
Doctors often ignore parents' concerns about autism in young kids 
The most promising areas of autism research 

The first article was written by Joel Rubinoff, a father of a 6-year-olf boy named Max who has autism, and he does make some valid points. Although parts of this article appear to be very humorous in tone, I can basically understand where he makes his points and why he makes these points. He points out that his son Max goes into brain-locked paradoxes that involve the opposite ends of a situation. He also points out that Max is a part of the gang, so to speak, with his classmates, and that his autistic quirks don't negatively register with them. Here is a father who sticks up for his son and lets the world know that he's there for his son.

"I can hear the naysayers already. What’s all this nonsense about inclusion and diversity? Why can’t everyone just stick to their own kind? Aren’t there special-needs classes for kids with autism?



Guess what? Autism exists on a spectrum wider than the Grand Canyon." - Joel Rubinoff

I definitely like how blunt Joel comes across in this article as he lets it all out there, and the above quote is true. The Autism Spectrum is far wider than the Grand Canyon, and yet, many people have a hard time coming to grips with this simple fact. Not all autistic people are created the same, and nor do they encounter the exact same problems in life. I believe it comes down to a matter of perception and how other people interpret just how impactful autism is. If you tell someone that you are on the Autism Spectrum, they could immediately assume that you are so different than them that you won't be able to understand a word they will say to you. Not true. Far from it. Let's put that to bed already, shall we?

The second article was written by Robert Preidt which talks about the lack of urgency that is on the part of doctors when it comes to autism cases in young children. There are often delays in diagnosing and treating autism in these cases, and many people, especially parents of autistic children, are wondering why. 

Recent numbers indicate that 1 in 68 children in the United States has some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, so clearly this should be a big deal to doctors and health care organizations, right?

I know what the answer to this question is, and I will emphatically say NO.

No, doctors and health care organizations don't consider this to be a big deal and I know why that is. I will be one of the first to say that they are the guilty party in this entire process. Numerous studies have been done to confirm that due to vaccinations in infant children, the children become autistic. I know many people are going to get angry with me and tell me that I'm wrong, but I have proof. When the right time comes, I would be more than willing to show that proof, but for now let's keep it in text. 

I absolutely oppose the use of vaccinations in any circumstance because when you connect the dots between needing to get medical help, getting a vaccination and then getting sick for whatever reason, the answer pretty much stares you right in the face, doesn't it? ALL vaccinations are harmful for the human body, no matter how young or how old you are. Name me one vaccination that was ever created by MAN in this world that ever worked. Name one glowing report of a successful vaccination process and I will immediately shoot it down with study figures of my own. Try me.

So that's just a sample of what you will get from this segment. I hope you guys enjoyed what you read.