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I'm a 50+-year old Autistic woman who lives extremely well on the Autism Spectrum. I own a beautiful house in a beautiful town, I've got two reliable cars in the garage, and I'm a valued subject matter expert in my day job. I've been healthily married for over 25 years, and my marriage just keeps getting stronger. I've overcome homelessness, crushing debt, debilitating chronic pain, agoraphobia, as well as a host of other setbacks. I'm loved by many, and I love them back. And I have my own home office / study lined with hundreds of books that I've chosen (and paid for) myself. I have the life of my former self's dreams, and it didn't happen by accident. 

I wasn't magically blessed by some benevolent force on high. I wasn't born into money. I'm not politically or socially or financially connected. I'm Autistic. And that's made my life what it is. If I weren't Autistic, I don't see how I could have anything that I have today.

Autism is generally considered a disabling condition, and it certainly can be. But that's not the end of the story, for Autism can be a huge advantage in life.

Our senses are sharpened. We're extremely empathic. We tend to be more level-headed and logical than non-autistic people (and hence make much better choices about important things). We're funny. We're focused. We're able to sustain our attention on a single subject far longer than most non-autistic people can even imagine doing. Why let all that go to waste, because the world is a rough place for us to live?

Why indeed?

My writing in the past has focused on raising awareness about women on the Autism Spectrum, but I'm now widening my reach to help Autistic folks who really want to live life to the fullest, and are willing to put in the work to make the most of their talents and abilities.

While Autism comes with its distinct challenges, it also imbues us with incredible abilities, which we can most definitely use to build the life we long to live. Our talents often go buried beneath the detritus that builds up from living in the non-autistic / neurotypical world. I've learned, from 50+ years of experience, how to work with my system. I've studied how the human system works, and I've found specific knowledge that has literally changed my life for the better.

I want to pass that along and teach others how to work with their Autism, not have it constantly work against them. Yes, the world often "does a number on us". That's not in dispute. What I'm offering here is a way to get on with life, regardless of that, and strengthen and hone the innate capabilities we have that let us not only survive, but thrive.

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