An Autistic Person Speaks Out On What It Is REALLY Like To Live With Autism
How Disgusted She Is With Asperger's People Pretending To Have Autism
And Why Authors Who Write An "Autistic" Character With Asperger's Symptoms Are Doing More Harm Then Good
The 10th Anniversary Return EelKat's Biggest "Big Lens"
Autism & Me A Plea To NaNoWriMo Overachievers: If You're Gonna Write Autistic Characters, Then Stop Research Asperger's And Start Researching Autism For A Change!
As has been requested (endlessly) EK's Star Log is returning to the internet. You can still read the original archive here... https://eelkat.wordpress.com
The reason you couldn't find it is because I set it to private un-index mode, meaning it no longer shows up in Google search results and can only be accessed by a direct link.
Meaning, if you didn't have the url for it, no amount of searching for it would tell you how to find it. Anyone who had the url could still access it though.
I had set it to private September 23, 2013, intending to move each page here to EelKat.com... however, November 14, 2013, after only moving about 30 pages, I was beaten up and left paralyzed for 5 months, then spent 18 months relearning to walk. I am still crippled and have limited mobility.
Below is one of the blog posts that originally appeared on EK's Star Log. The original articles are still online but no longer indexed in Google. Links to the original article, are included with this post, as is the original posting date. Clicking the links will take you to the original site, where you can see the old Space Dock 13 website still online. Space Dock 13 as it looked when hosted on WordPress from 2003 to 2013.
"Can anyone tell me how to write characters with autism while avoiding stereotypes? Thank you."
My response, resulted in a 500+ page non-fiction book on living with autism.
The response, went off into a rant, not because of the person asking the question, but instead, because of the 300+ Asperger's patients who responded to the question to tell her how to write ASPEGER'S characters, all while claiming their Asperger's was the SAME THING as Autism.
More then 2,000 forum posts were added to the thread, by these 300+ people, boldly spreading huge amounts of extremely inaccurate misinformation about what Autism is and is not, and helping to spread the urban myth that Aspergers is a type of Autism.
Sadly after taking 3 days to read every post on the thread, I finally reached the end to find that not even ONE of the more then 2,000 posts had given her ANY information about Autism.
My response is too long for one page, all pages are being linked to here:
Outside of the 7 members of my family, I don’t talk. I started reading when I was three, and was writing shortly after wards. In my younger years I was very talkative around family, but near silent all other times.
When I was 14 my best friend was murdered, and I just stopped talking and started writing more than ever. Written word took over and I became known for my 20 – 30 page double sided letters. (Which I wrote to 70+ pen pals from all around the globe, as well as letters of protest to many companies.)
Today, many years later, I still rarely speak a word and than only to immediate family members, but now I’m also known for my extremely long-winded articles which I write online. In my lack of speech, writing took over as my main form of communication (which is why I’m better at communication online, than I am face-to-face with someone: online I can type).
I’ve been told I should go to speech therapy. I’ve never been to speech therapy, probably never will. It’s not that I can’t talk or that I having difficulty talking, I just don’t like talking. Talking feels weird. It feels rude. It feels intrusive. I don’t like it.
The section above was originally written in 2007.
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