Category Archives: Neurodiversity News & Notes

#PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center Changes, Peers Respond

Peer and #PeersAtTheTable Campaign Extraordinaire, Ashli Moore, interviews folks at Blue Sky Wellness Center about the changes made to services and support.

Um, to note, peers aren’t thrilled.

#nothingaboutuswithoutus #peersatthetable



Take Action | Members of Congress are coming home – Hold Representatives Accountable in Town Hall Meetings [ASAN]

asanRight now, the Senate is in session in Washington, DC, working to take health care away from millions of Americans.

United States CongressNext week, your Members of Congress will be back in their home states and districts, holding town halls and office appointments with constituents. This is the perfect time to voice your opinions, hold your representatives accountable, and remind them that they work for you! Continue reading Take Action | Members of Congress are coming home – Hold Representatives Accountable in Town Hall Meetings [ASAN]

California Could Become First State To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Young Adults

By Ana B. Ibarra >> aibarra@kff.org | @ab_ibarra

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California could become the first state to extend full Medicaid benefits to undocumented immigrants up to age 26 after two key legislative committees last week approved money for such an expansion.

The Assembly and Senate budget committees both approved using some of the money from California’s recently passed tobacco tax to cover up to 80,000 unlawfully present young adults under the state’s version of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal. Continue reading California Could Become First State To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Young Adults

Molina Healthcare, A Top Obamacare Insurer, Investigates Breach Of Patients’ Data

By Chad Terhune >> cterhune@kff.org | @chadterhune

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Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in Medicaid and state exchanges across the country, has shut down its online patient portal as it investigates a potential data breach that may have exposed sensitive medical information.

The company said Friday that it closed the online portal for medical claims and other customer information while it examined a “security vulnerability.” It’s not clear how many patient records might have been exposed and for how long. The company has more than 4.8 million customers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. Continue reading Molina Healthcare, A Top Obamacare Insurer, Investigates Breach Of Patients’ Data

A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal

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It was a hectic week for people who follow news about health politics. Kaiser Health News’ veteran reporters Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Rovner sat down to discuss some of the major developments.

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Continue reading A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal

‘Health Care’ = Fighting Words In Montana

By Diane Webber 

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There was likely good reason why Greg Gianforte, successful Republican candidate for Congress from Montana, lost his cool on the eve of the election — scuffling with a reporter, breaking the man’s glasses and ending up with a misdemeanor assault charge:

He, like many Republicans these days, walks a perilous line when talking health care. Continue reading ‘Health Care’ = Fighting Words In Montana

4 Signs of Maladaptive Daydreaming

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Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate

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“I have everything I need in my daydreams. A big home, fast car, money and tons of good friends. I could never have that in my so-called real life so why try?” ~Anonymous

Maladaptive day dreaming is a psychological concept that was first introduced in 2002 by Eli Somer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in traumatized patients. Dr. Somer found that patients who suffer early trauma regularly escape into a world of imagination where they fantasize compensatory empowering stories. Through these stories they live a life full of experiences they were missing or missed in their real lives. Somer named this phenomenon “Maladaptive daydreaming.” In 2011, another study by Jayne Bigelsen and Cynthia Schupack showed maladaptive daydreaming in individuals who had no childhood trauma. It appears that this form of day dreaming is wide-spread and practiced by many.

Maladaptive daydreaming…

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Change

Autism and expectations

I’m in the middle of reading Luke Beardon’s new book, “Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults” and I’ve paused to splurge this. I am frantically typing because I want to get back to it, but didn’t want to lose my train of thought.

I’m on the chapter about autistic resistance to change. Luke is sympathetically describing why, in a life of instability, we may need the small things to always be the same. It makes sense. It all makes sense. He does that. He’s one of those sense-makers. We need more of them.

It got me thinking about my routines, I have a lot of them. Every day I wake up about an hour before my alarm goes off, I have a coffee (always the same way), and one of those effervescent vitamin-energy-godawful-tasting things in a pint of water. That’s my breakfast.

You may say breakfast is the most important…

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Are Asperger’s / autistic people bossy?

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As most bloggers are aware, Google encrypts keyword searches, and has been doing so since 2013. ”User protection” makes for a flimsy claim, but it’s Google’s story and they’re sticking to it. Which might have been halfway believable if it didn’t also extend to users who weren’t even logged in. But I digress.

Nevertheless, I see keyword search strings from other search engines, and the words “Asperger’s” and “bossy” have shown up in relation to each other. Apparently, curious minds want to know.

So, I’ll deliver, at least one (that’s me) person’s take (because although practically every well-recognized informative source talks about Asperger’s/autism in terms of “we/us”, there’s an unwritten rule somewhere against my doing that, even if I’ve issued the applicable disclaimers that hardly anyone else feels the need to, but ah hell, I digress again lol.

(Maybe the heat, humidity, and sheer absence of breeze have really…

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So What Is Executive Dysfunction?

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Executive dysfunction. It’s one of the trademarks of developmental disabilities such as autism and ADHD along with many other possible sources such as depression or schizophrenia. For those of us who went undiagnosed for a long time or who never learned about dysfunction, we often view ourselves as lazy, worthless, or many other terrible things. Things that others seem to find so easy can seem incredibly difficult or even impossible to those of us with executive dysfunction. So what exactly is executive dysfunction and what can I do about it? Today we’re going to talk about what it is and in a later post we’ll delve into strategies for dealing with it.

Executive dysfunction is when a person struggles with aspects of executive functioning. (I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes at the statement of the obvious). However, what exactly is executive function? That can be tricky to…

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