Nothing About Us, Without Us!
So I was thinking, how cool would it be if you could get discreetly weighted vests and jackets that were also hella cute? What if you could order them custom, pick out your fabrics, choose embellishments like strings and beads and stuff that’s fun to stim with? Design what they looked like? Wouldn’t that be neat?
And then I thought, what if I did that?
So if there’s any interest in that, I’ll look into how I could do it. Ideally I could do it with flexible pricing so that anyone could get one regardless of their situation. I’ll keep y’all updated if it goes anywhere.
The ‘Fandom 4 Autism’ thing is making me feel really sick and shaky. See this if you haven’t seen it yet (kind of pro A$ in the link so don’t don’t read it if that upsets you). And I’m not linking to something that horrible without a decent rebuttal.
Fandom has been my biggest form of escapism for most of my life. This just feels like it’s invading my safe space. I know it’s not my space but this still feels like an attack. For some reason, this is affecting me way more than most other anti-autistic stuff.
Question raised on facebook got no response, so I’ll open it up to a wider audience.
Has anyone else with communication differences/disorders had problems with getting university disability services to accept that, and adjust how they communicate with you? If so, have you resolved it? And if you have, how?
My school’s Accessibility Center is, of course, designed to help hearing/vision impaired or physically impaired students-
they can do nearly nothing for ASD students except give us a letter that says, “Yes she is autistic and is not making it up for attention or priviliges, no you cannot take points off her for asking questions she needs to ask, yes she needs to be allowed to use her phone and tablet as assistive tech, and if you don’t believe her, you can deal with us.”
They know I have communication problems related to things like teachers who shout, teachers with accents, and teachers with issues speaking in full sentences or articulate speech. There is NOTHING they can do about any of that. So I handle it myself.
I start a class, and either I let the teacher know I can’t hear them because of room fans, or I wear ear filters because a teacher shouts, or I sit in silence and grind my teeth because a teacher takes 5 minutes to form a coherent sentence…. or I drop the class and try again.
My college experience is mostly me playing the college roulette of “Is this teacher going to make passing this class easy, hard or impossible?”
My success in college depends almost entirely on this little “game”. Not my ability to do the course. Not my ability to understand the subject.
But my ability to negotiate the minefield that is college professors and their “little idiosyncracies”.