About Us Full Disclosure
Please know we are writing this Blog with the best of intentions. We are not experts or professionals on any level. We are claiming to have lived many decades with the ups and downs of Living on the Autism Spectrum which includes: Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism, and more. Yes, these are distinct learning differences, but some of us have all of them. Each stage of our lives has brought one of the learning differences forward to dominate a period, while the others wait to challenge us at another time. We have not found anyone that has made this same observation.
We are writing this Blog to share some of our observations and experiences. We hope they are worthy of your time.
Throughout the many decades of our friendship, we have come to realize we have walked parallel paths in most areas of our lives: career choices, marriages, parenting, financial decisions, and more. Amazingly, we have realized this while living in separate states, having originally met as junior executives early in our careers while in our early twenties. It has been just within the last couple of years we realized how many things we had in common — much more than originally thought.
My friend has had the benefit of professional counseling while I have learned to cope with complications from our learning differences through research and the “school of hard knocks.” If this subject wasn’t so serious it would make a great comedy, or at least, soap opera! However, we do take this subject seriously, along with a healthy attitude and lots of comic relief!
So Many Life Experiences, so Much to Share
We have found no information by people who have lived an entire life Living on the Autism Spectrum. We actually feel blessed: our differences have made our lives more challenging but meaningful. We know we have done most things the hard way — making wrong turns that “normal” learners would have never considered.
Many experts and professionals, counselors and parents share their opinions and advice about Living on the Autism Spectrum. We’ve read many of them. But we also realize a lot of personal, first person sharing is missing. Two exceptions are Salif Mahamane and Emily Anhalt. They both gave refreshing and entertaining presentations about living with learning differences on their personal Tedx talks. Many celebrities have acknowledged their learning differences as well, often explaining how their differences empowered their creative abilities in ways others could not.
But no one has stepped up to share a lifetime of experiences. The only person we could think of is Sir Richard Branson. He has spoken many times about his life with learning differences and how they have influenced his decision-making.
We have chosen to share our total picture, from school age to the “almost retired” present. Our story is comprehensive and divided in life stages for easy reading.
“Adult ADD/ADHD — 10 Tips for Living Successfully” from the Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, cognitive-psychiatry.com.
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”
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