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Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
11:16 pm

I'll introduce myself

Name: Zylpha (little known fact- its just a nickname everyone calls me. My real one is Marinochka)
Disability: Food allergies. I'm allergic to meat, gelitan, eggs, milk, yogurt, butter, anything else made from milk, too much starch, certain things made with semolina, and too many nuts. Because of it i grew up very malnourish (and am suffering because of it now) and food is a big issue in my life. 
Not Just Me: My older brother is blind and has been for 6 years now. He was hit in the back of the head (not very hard i might add. It didnt even knock him out) and it screwed him up. 

I'm still learning to live with my disability. I was malnourished as a kid and because if it i'm barely 5"1 (in a family where the average height for a guy is 6"2 and for a woman is 5"8) and my bones are weak and break easily. (i've broken my arm, fractured my back, broken 3 ribs, my ankle, my jaw, all of my fingers, all of my toes, and my collar bone) My eyesight is also impared (used to have canteracts (sp?) but i had them removed. I still wear contacts though) and i'm underweight. My skin is pale and sometimes pasty, my eyes are puffy and sometimes sunken in.

Talent: My talant is, of course, cooking. I LOVE food! I love eating it, smelling it, cooking it, learning about it, even being AROUND it makes me happy! My allergies have forced me to be more creative, and i see that as  a good thing. 
Monday, May 28th, 2007
7:26 pm
Reactivating this community
Hey everyone, would be great to revive the community and make a few more posts if people are interested.

Many brilliant classical composers have been suspected to be somewhat "atypical" mentally and/or to have learning differences. Beethoven and Chopin come to mind, people have remarked on their unusual mannerisms, particularly while composing.

I listen to the SF Bay Area's classical station KDFC while at work, and they mentioned a piece called the Mermaid Opera by a composer too shy to leave his home often and awkward in social settings. Didn't catch his/her name, and wasn't sure of the piece even after I looked at the KDFC playlist from last Thursday.

Playing the piano would require intense concentration, I could see someone with autism or Asperger's developing that or other instruments as a talent. Do you think it's easier for some people to communicate via music than verbally? That might be used as a way to help people on the autism spectrum communicate or express ideas.

Weird that I'm most likely Asperger's personally and can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm, though.
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
8:16 am
Epilepsy Foundation News & Events....x-posted


Join the 'National Walk for Epilepsy' on Saturday March 31
NBC's "Heroes" Helps Epilepsy

Join us on the National Mall to highlight the importance of epilepsy awareness and the need to raise funds for more epilepsy research. Walk Chair Greg Grunberg (star of NBC's "Heroes") and thousands of dedicated supporters of people with epilepsy and their families will walk on the Mall at the start of cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. The National Walk for Epilepsy is presented by the Epilepsy Foundation and Ortho McNeil Neurologics, Inc.

Watch Greg Grunberg's 'National Walk for Epilepsy' Public Service Announcements
Plus, Greg's show has created a special opportunity for "Heroes" fans to bid on autographed collector's edition artwork while supporting the millions of people with epilepsy and their families.

Also, more opportunities to support epilepsy awareness and education are available at our our special eBay auction.

Mothers living with epilepsy – Let your voice be heard! The Epilepsy Foundation wants to know your needs and what issues you need to be addressed.

» The Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund works to end epilepsy-related discrimination and injustice through education and increased access to legal services.

» The Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary agency solely dedicated to the welfare of over 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
11:41 am
Two interesting autistic artists
Christopher Knowles, American poet.

Christopher Knowles (born 1954) is a U.S. poet who has autism. In 1973, his poetry was discovered by Robert Wilson and used for the avant-garde minimalist Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach. At that time, Knowles was 19 and attending a special school in upstate New York.


Gary Numan, 80's electropop musician.

It was suggested I had it when I was younger but no one knew much about it then. I've read a lot about it since and I fulfil some of the diagnostic criteria but not others. I probably have a mild form...for example, if people came over for dinner and I saw a magazine I hadn't read, I'd pick it up, sit in the corner and read it - which I now know is wrong...I have an obsessive focus when it comes to pushing forward with my music. I don't get crushed by disappointment. I don't do this for the acclaim, luckily...because of Asperger I see the world as a hostile place...it feeds into my style of songwriting completely."[1]

Monday, October 30th, 2006
8:49 pm
Aquamarine Blue 5
Something cool I read about on the wikipedia entry for autistic culture:

Aquamarine Blue 5 (ISBN 0-80401-054-4) is a collection of essays by autistic college students, edited by Dawn Prince-Hughes. The students come from a variety of backgrounds. Most were not diagnosed autistic as children and have worked out their own ways to live in a society that seems very alien to them. The essays describe the advantages and disadvantages of autism to a person trying to succeed at university, and how outsiders can misinterpret a simple autistic preference as a mental disease.

One girl, for example, reported the not uncommon autistic experience of having to eat only two or three food items and ordering the same thing every day; anything else made her vomit. She was mistaken by friends and university staff as having an eating disorder. Dr. Prince-Hughes tells her own story in Songs of the Gorilla Nation (ISBN 1-40005-058-8).

I'd like to check out this book, I can think of several people from my own college days who I'd suspect were Asperger's/autistic and quite successful.
Friday, September 29th, 2006
5:35 pm
Video of Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire, autistic architectural artist, recreates a panorama of Rome just by flying over the city:


If anyone here can draw extensively from memory, how do you do it? What tricks do you use to remember information?
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
10:01 pm
Scholarships for the disabled
I thought it might be a good idea to compile a database of scholarships for the disabled, focusing on college students but not exclusively so. If you would like to be apart of this, either to supply information or to receive the final file, look up this post title on creactiv_voice for further instructions.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
2:47 pm
The Middle Ground
As writers, have you ever found yourself hunting down the middle ground? What I mean is, there is the background of your ideas of who these people are that you are writing about, how you are expecting these situations to work out, and the themes you want to come through in your writing, and there is the foreground that is the action and that is the description of the environs of the scene and all the scene encounters including the appearance and style of the characters. Or vice versa, depending on what you concentrate on as a writer. But the middle ground seems to be the real writing, the mesh of it all together and natural but highly skilled. Is this all Greek to you or do you understand what I mean? How do you best reach your middle ground?
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
3:25 pm
Science articles - World Science
Many people aware of some type of synaesthetic connection between paintings and music - study with Kandinsky's work: http://www.world-science.net/othernews/060907_synaesthesia.htm

More brain activity - conscious thought and memory potentially detected in supposedly vegetative patients: http://www.world-science.net/othernews/060911_vegetative.htm
4:39 pm
Are you American, disabled, and need help getting or getting training for a job?
Vocational Rehabilitation is the service intended to help you with just that. Here is where you can find your local office

If you have a problem with Vocational Rehabilitation Services, you can contact CAP or Client Assistance Program. Find out about what CAP is here . Im working on a state-by-state spreadsheet of CAP agencies, since those sites dont seem to provide such. If anyone can find one that does, please contact me.

Tell us about your experience with Vocational Rehabilitation or CAP at creactiv_voice

OR Creactivists Voice on Yahoo!

OR Creactivists Voice on MSN

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, September 9th, 2006
12:38 pm
Getting Sleepy
This may sound like a really strange question but have any of you ever noticed yourself getting sleeping after half an hour or so writing, even if you have had plenty of sleep and are not over tired? Is it the relaxation of writing your thoughts out? Is it avoiding the tough spots? What the heck is it?! And am I alone in ever having experienced this?

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, September 1st, 2006
8:21 pm
Have you seen this?
Evictions off campus due to suicide attempts OR admission to a hospital for depression

I was outraged when I did. The last thing a depressed student needs is to be immediately tossed onto the streets. Yes I understand that these colleges/universities may not have the resources nor the necessitity to build mental institutions on campus, but certainly they should be required to treat their fellow human beings with some measure of dignity, if not even a trace of compassion. I do not accept the premise that they are seeking whats in the students' best interests. I wonder if in fact they are serving their own, in seeking shelter for their insurance policies away from legal storms. The problem for them is that within the ADA the legal standard for individuals with disabilities is the most integrated policies possible, in concurrence with the standards specified by the individual's treatment providers. There are certain factors that need to be considered here, such as whether or not the students could be defined under the law as persons with disabilities, etc. Even if these institutions of learning are safe due to these specific circumstances, it seems they are building their campus policies on quicksand rather than modern legal ethics.
Monday, August 21st, 2006
10:02 pm
New icons
Hey everyone, I've added two new possible default icons to this community, will switch between them as needed. The first one is a photo I took last spring of the Monterey seacoast - and the other is a scene of Heathcliff and Catherine of Wuthering Heights embracing each other. Heathcliff seems aspie-ish (long-winded, very logical sometimes when explaining his emotions, devotedly attached to just a few people and almost unaware of others) so it's somewhat appropriate and just a lovely icon from sleeping__bud.

Encouraging everyone to participate, throw up a post every now and then, ok?
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
2:47 pm
Collection of quotes and poems and links
Here's an interesting site - someone, perhaps a life coach or just someone who wanted to collect inspirational material, has put together a collection of links and quotes and referenced information about famous and/or unique people who have autism, Tourette's, dyslexia, etc.

Including Mozart, Tom Cruise, and the woman who inspired the book Autism is a World.

Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:13 pm
WRAP Program in Nashua NH
cross-posted in disability, Vermont, and New Hampshire interest communities courtesy of creactiv_voice

WRAP Program in Nashua, NH

This round of the 6 week program has already started, and they recommend that you don't start in the middle. The next round is slated for late November of this year, so sign up now!

For more information and to get on the waiting list, email:

michael@ dbsanashua.org

Current Mood: giggly
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
10:57 pm
Rate your local Vocational Rehabilitation Office at creactiv_voice
Be heard at creactiv_voice

Current Mood: crappy
Friday, July 28th, 2006
11:15 pm
Tagging - someone else!
Hey, someone else post here! Think of someone (famous or not) who's neuro-atypical in some way but has done something interesting or cool. I'd like to get this group going :)
Friday, July 7th, 2006
3:09 am
Marc Chagall, 20th century modernist painter
There was a recent exhibition of his works at the SF MOMA - including his earlier "folk-art" styled paintings, with cows and chickens and his wife, and his later, more Cubist and stylized and possibly allegorical work.

He struggled through a period of serious depression, but bounced back after awhile to continue painting after his wife's death.

From the Wikipedia:

Chagall took inspiration from Belarusian folk-life, and portrayed many Biblical themes reflecting his Jewish heritage. In the 1960s and 1970s, Chagall involved himself in large-scale projects involving public spaces and important civic and religious buildings.

Chagall's works fit into several modern art categories. He took part in the movements of the Paris art world which preceded World War I and was thus involved with avant-garde currents. However, his work always found itself on the margins of these movements and emerging trends, including Cubism and Fauvism. He was closely associated with the Paris School and its exponents, including Amedeo Modigliani.

His works abound with references to his childhood, yet often neglect some of the turmoil which he experienced. He communicates to those who view his works happiness and optimism by means of highly vivid colors. Chagall often posed himself, sometimes together with his wife, as an observer of the world — a colored world like that seen through a stained-glass window. Some see The White Crucifixion, which abounds in rich, intriguing detail, as a denunciation of the Stalin regime, the Nazi Holocaust, and all oppression of the Jews.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
2:33 pm
Daniel Tammet
From the Guardian newspaper (article is linked from the website):

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds. But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he does it. He speaks seven languages and is even devising his own language. Now scientists are asking whether his exceptional abilities are the key to unlock the secrets of autism....

Tammet is calculating 377 multiplied by 795. Actually, he isn't "calculating": there is nothing conscious about what he is doing. He arrives at the answer instantly. Since his epileptic fit, he has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."...

Last year Tammet broke the European record for recalling pi, the mathematical constant, to the furthest decimal point. He found it easy, he says, because he didn't even have to "think". To him, pi isn't an abstract set of digits; it's a visual story, a film projected in front of his eyes. He learnt the number forwards and backwards and, last year, spent five hours recalling it in front of an adjudicator. He wanted to prove a point. "I memorised pi to 22,514 decimal places, and I am technically disabled. I just wanted to show people that disability needn't get in the way."

2:23 pm
Seth F. Henriett, Hungarian artist
Young Hungarian artist and poet, creates colorful abstract paintings (one featured on the Wiki link). She started painting seriously at least by age 15 - and has a website, but it's all in Hungarian.

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