Monthly Archives: April 2013

The REAL Symptoms of Autism List!

Kid just been diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers/anything on the same spectrum? Just been diagnosed yourself? Read this too!

It’s time to throw out all the brochures! Burn all the books ‘recommended’ by ‘Autism Speaks’! Unsubscribe from terrible blogs! Why read those before you’ve read anything written by an actual autistic?? Here is something that will blow your mind! A list of symptoms of autism gathered and posted into a blog by someone that actually has the condition! Because chances are that someone who has the condition probably knows what all the symptoms are! Amazing right? What will they think of next!

And this is all completely free! You don’t have to do anything, just read it.

And if it isn’t a copypasta from this blog post, its probably a lie!

1. Autistics suffer every day!

Really? This is news to me! I had no idea I was suffering. Thank you for telling me what to feel! Before I was diagnosed I was happy. After I was diagnosed I was happy. But I know now that I was doing it wrong! Again, thank you for telling me 🙂

2. Autistics have no empathy

Yep. I love my cats. I love hanging out with disabled people, it makes them happy. I cried through Les Miserables. I cried through Whale Rider. I cry through most Disney movies. I cried through an episode of Baby LoonyToons. Oh wait hold on…

Methinks you need to learn the difference between the Autistic Spectrum and Psychopathic Personality Disorder!

3. Autistics are those little boys that you see on TV who’s entire existence is a tantrum

Oh wow! That’s amazing! That’s what autism is? Do they just disappear when they reach puberty? That’s some crazy science-fiction going on there! We should investigate that. Oh wait, I’m a girl though, and over half the Autistics I know are girls so…wat?

4. Autistics have no sense of humour


Oh sorry, were you serious?

5. Autistics don’t have any communication skills so you have to talk to them like a child

Really? This is news to me too. I mean every time someone tells me that their favorite colour is purple I always fail to magically know that ‘my favorite colour is purple’ really means ‘I want to eat socks for breakfast today’.

Or maybe you people should just stop blaming others for your own piss poor communication skills. It kind of makes you look like a toxic person that everyone is going to avoid.

And talking to a grown adult like a child? Yuck. I talk to people with intellectual disabilities like adults all the time. The non-verbal ones can understand me fine, and I can understand them fine too.

6. Autistics need to be in care 24/7, will be single and unemployed their entire lives

Ok. I’ll give you that one. I am in care 24/7. By my cat. All she really does is sit on me or steal my chair or leave dirty footprints all over the toilet seat but I can do the rest myself.

I also have a job, a loving husband and a family…oh wait no I don’t…

The REAL symptom of Autism:

1. Some of these ‘symptoms’ have nothing to do with Autism at all. The only conditions they are a symptom of is Nerotypicals lying to Autistics about their own condition and personality and Nerotypicals just downright abusing Autistics.

2. There is a wide range of personalities, skills and interests on this spectrum. Autistics are not clones. Are you?

3. A few have a higher IQ than the average Nerotypical. Those with intellectual disabilities are about the same amount, if not rarer. Technically, no the entire spectrum isn’t ‘retarded’, although that’s what most Auties consider NTs to be. Just saying 🙂

4. For some it’s pretty much just a personality trait.

5. I ran out of ideas. So to make up for it, here is a doggie:


It’s finally happened

There is a thing I have been waiting for and expecting my entire life. Now technically Nigel is a disabled woman with a number of diagnosis from mild cerebral palsy to high functioning aspergers. I can walk. I can wander around town for hours and try not to buy anything. I can go anywhere I want as long as the public transportation isn’t piss poor or just non-existant. I could work if, you know, there actually were jobs for anyone with a cv let alone a disabled person. Though I am in pain almost every day and have to be realistic about my limitations. I predict that one day it will get worse to the point I will actually need assistance or some sort of device (lol. Like I would ever want it in the first place.) I also predict a serious injury relating to my condition (Not caused, because as many disabled bloggers would agree and have already said I am not even disabled by my actual disability but the abelist pile of crap outside my own body. But that’s another blog.)

It happened.

I NEED support in any shoe that I will be walking in beyond my own letter box. Anything else is for sitting sitting sitting. I own a grand total of one pair of shoes with this support. I had to skip meals when I bought them. Yesterday I discovered that shoes with pathetic, disgusting or just plain non existent support will literally SHATTER the bones in my feet. These are shoes that shouldn’t even be referred to as ‘shoes’ as they completely fail the definition.

Shoes such as:

High heels (or Glorified Foot Decorations. That’s another blog post!)


Any ‘Shoes’ that are literally just glorified slippers or decorations

I would have been less likely to break my foot in socks! I would have been less likely to break my foot in bare feet!! Because when the support is revolting my feet dick around in the shoes and end up in stupid, dangerous angles BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO SUPPORT THEM!

I suppose this doesn’t help that my house is an abelist shoe box. I can no longer even get INTO it as there are stairs and stairs and stairs. Literally the only way to get to the front door. My cat will need to be moved to another house for four weeks. Any moron who knows what a cat is knows how much cats enjoy being moved. I have crutches. Thanks to disability I can’t use them. I have to spend the next four weeks sitting. Thanks to disability, I can only stand up for Jesus Christ himself. That means toilet once a day if I can actually get there. That means I don’t even want to think about what happens in an emergency.

And that’s just my huge pile of fail. There are people that don’t even know me that have to cancel plans and jump through hoops because of this.

So this is why I am a huge supporter of supportive shoes. If you think you need some, get some. If you have a child that has trouble with their feet get them now! I went for years with no support, long enough for the joints to deform and for everything to be at stupid, painful angles. This is the consequence of said deformities. Broken foot bones. And when that happens, it is only a minor problem compared to the consequences of a broken foot. If you have any kind of challenge get support.

Plastic bags and plarn

Some useful plarn resources:

How to make plarn



Crochet and the giant plastic doily (stuff Nigel made)


Making things out of old second hand yarn. I think this is going to be a bag.

Also…remember when I was making doilys? Remember my plastic bag bags?

Giant plastic doilie by ~NigeltheTaniwha on deviantART

I think I may have broken the rules of nature or reality or something by doing this. Why did I do this? Because I can.

And just for fun:

Untitled Absract doodle 1 by ~NigeltheTaniwha on deviantART

Untitled Absract doodle 2 by ~NigeltheTaniwha on deviantART

Untitled Absract doodle 3 by ~NigeltheTaniwha on deviantART

I have some old colouring pencils and crayons that I had in primary school O.o and I had to use them up. I just use them for abstracts and doodles.

And finally, food porn.

Food pron! by ~NigeltheTaniwha on deviantART

The best cookies in the world, just sayin.


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