Mexican American Roots

Race, ethnicity, heritage, ancestry... some of the most tense subjects out there, yet so central to our identities. My own family is very outspoken and proud of being Mexican American. In addition to talking about it regularly within our family, I was often asked about it growing up. "What ARE you?" people would ask me. …

Adult Autism Resources

Autistic people face a unique obstacle in being understood compared to many other minority groups. With other subjects, you can educate yourself in a fairly straightforward manner by reading about those things online. Just googling it is a great starting place for people who want to learn more. But with autism, there are a lot …

Synesthesia

My sister (who is not autistic) and I both have grapheme-color synesthesia. There is a genetic component to it, so it often runs in families. Having the grapheme-color form of synesthesia means that letters and numbers have colors for us. It’s been this way our whole lives. We agree on some letters and numbers, but …

Health Issues

Unfortunately, being autistic is linked to a whole host of health issues. For example, autism is associated with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, congenital heart disease, type 1 diabetes, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and chronic pain. I have had severe mid-to-upper back and neck pain since early childhood. The Quad Cities, where I live, is home to the …

College

The spring before I left for college, I had a small graduation ceremony (just a few family members) and then a graduation party. The party was a joint event, celebrating both my belated high school graduation and my grandpa’s retirement. It worked out well because both events involve random relatives you’ve never met coming by …

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