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 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Have you considered becoming a professional autism advocate?

Posted: 29 Dec 2020, 8:27 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,280


I sometimes think about that - wouldn't it be great to make a career out of my interest in our neurotype and advocate for better acceptance? But realistically I couldn't do it. While I could give a presentation, I would struggle with the answering of questions or socialising before/after. Anything i...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Do we really lack understanding of non-verbal social cues?

Posted: 29 Dec 2020, 8:10 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 7,668


Hello Joe90, I read your posts with interest, and it seems to me that your experiences are not typical of most autistics. Most of us test with low empathy. Those of us with good awareness into our condition can detect our own difficulties with communication and connecting with people. Though for mys...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 29 Dec 2020, 6:58 pm 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


M-hm. You may be right.
It may just be me who has the feeling there's an underlying driver of the increase that we're missing.
And I can't find many convincing studies either way.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is wrong planet synonymous with giving up on this one?

Posted: 29 Dec 2020, 6:50 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 995


I think the NTs need us and we need them.
Just got to find a way to co-exist peacefully :scratch:

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 29 Dec 2020, 1:51 am 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


One of my queries with the notion that changes in diagnostic criteria have resulted in the increased diagnoses is that the changes to the criteria occur only once every few years. So for instance, one would expect the diagnostic changes in the early 1990s to produce a noticeable increase in diagnose...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Services Australia

 Post subject: Re: Services Australia
Posted: 28 Dec 2020, 6:23 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 523


I saw that on the TV today.
It's encouraging to see autistic employment stories in the news.

 Forum: Health, Fitness, and Sports   Topic: Anyone ever tried meal replacement shakes?

Posted: 28 Dec 2020, 6:18 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 1,497


I haven't tried them and don't intend to.
They're not food.
I find fruit and nuts are useful for getting a nutrition hit, potentially they could replace a meal.

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: A wet Australian summer predicted.

Posted: 28 Dec 2020, 5:53 am 

Replies: 81
Views: 6,009


I asked you to find the *original* article, not the newer amended article, but you haven't provided it. ? That's because there was no article ? Are we not talking about the radio interview of which you provided the clip ? My view was that the quote on the dams was just a failure to properly explain...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Downtown Nashville bombed

Posted: 28 Dec 2020, 12:04 am 

Replies: 106
Views: 3,993


Yeah. Sounds like the poor guy wanted out, and his background in explosives presented him with the means to do it. Possibly with a bit of a revenge thing going on with AT&T? Maybe he should have found a less explody way to go then....many people could have been killed. Sorry I just have a hard ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 27 Dec 2020, 11:54 pm 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


Well, I agree with you about vaccines, there've been a lot of studies on that which have not demonstrated any link. I'm not seeing a whole lot of studies on other environmental factors, though. Most autism research seems to be trying to pinpoint genetic causes rather than environmental. I think stud...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Do Lockdowns Work?

 Post subject: Re: Do Lockdowns Work?
Posted: 27 Dec 2020, 12:28 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 1,179


Lockdowns have worked well in Australia, so far. They were implemented early and very hard, including state-funded hotel quarantines for all travellers in the early weeks. In one controversial move in the state of Victoria, as their second wave started ramping up, they put public housing blocks with...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Downtown Nashville bombed

Posted: 27 Dec 2020, 12:14 am 

Replies: 106
Views: 3,993


Yeah. Sounds like the poor guy wanted out, and his background in explosives presented him with the means to do it.
Possibly with a bit of a revenge thing going on with AT&T?

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 27 Dec 2020, 12:06 am 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


Yes, that is the general concensus of opinion here. But you have not done a scientific study on this, Kraftie, so how can you be sure? Not meaning to pick on you personally, you understand, just trying to explain my view. What I mean is, while it is clear that there has been a broadening of the diag...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 25 Dec 2020, 7:40 am 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


I'm also interested in the link to maternal stress.
As a factor, it seems worthy of more attention than it usually gets, I think.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 25 Dec 2020, 7:37 am 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


Yes indeed. I didn't mean to imply otherwise. For example, there's this: Current evidence indicates that a proportion of autism cases result from the interaction of multiple susceptible genetic loci and that environmental interactions with susceptible genetic loci produce myriad routes that may culm...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Thoughts on the Autism "Epidemic"

Posted: 24 Dec 2020, 9:46 pm 

Replies: 81
Views: 10,405


I found this comprehensive summary on possible autism causes / triggers: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/ehtj.v4i0.7111 It is interesting that they actually refer to autism, asthma, and metabolic disorders as epidemics, even though they are not infectious diseases. I had been thinking t...
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