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Your Life IS Beauty- Guest Post By Nyssa Fellow INFJ
Nyssa is a fellow INFJ, who sometimes says phrases that have been the exact words in my soul. This is rare in my world. Incredibly rare. Maybe it is because both of us are autistic, have lyme disease and are INFJs? We share many aspects of Being that perhap...

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The Extreme Fluctuations of Weather and Life Up in the North.
I woke to the branches and ground heavily coated with snow...again. These last two months have been teasing spring only to take it away swiftly with a few more days of winter. Normally, I love winter but this year was different. This year I needed sunshine ...

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Having Mono at 33 With Chronic Conditions, Grace and Frankie, Celebrating LIFE, and 'Gettin' To Livin''
I knew something wasn't right. In February our family had a bought with Strep. Of course, being Strep, all of us were incredibly run down. My daughter and I seemed to be specifically exhausted. I thought it was just because we were taking longer to heal. Bu...

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Disability and Depression,
*One of my favourite readers and most loyal commentator requested a few post topics. One of them was how invisible or social disability affects depression and how depression can look different from the perspective of those who are labelled differently. More...

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This so called altruistic behaviour is not actually helpful though (**). It sets up a relationship based on imbalanced roles, where one person helps another who needs to be helped and is rewarded for their efforts. I’ve seen promotional videos that say they are an example of inclusion, in which the non disabled kids feedback that they like having the disabled kid around because they “teach me to be a better person”, or they “have a lot to offer”, and other platitudes. But disabled people aren’t here to be a learning moment, and they don’t need to have stuff to offer to be valuable as a person.

"The whole “I’m going to help you” and “I’m going to interpret for you” and “I’m going to look after you” aspect of the Julia videos I watched leaves me thinking the purpose of Julia has nothing to do with supporting Autistic people, and everything to do with teaching non autistic people how to tolerate us and to decipher the code to having us share space with them without disrupting it too much. I hope I’m wrong.

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