After my experiences with a couple “flame wars” on facebook, one in particular that sent me into a meltdown. I decided to create Holly Loves Bridges, as an offshoot to my personal blog here, Holly Loves John, about my life as a queer autistic woman in the midwest.
The irony is that I actually hate bridges. As a true agoraphobic, they scare the hooey out of me. BUT in my experience as both an autistic woman and a mother of an autistic child, I have discovered a disturbing lack of civility in the discussions about autism. So I decided that we need a SAFE SPACE to openly talk about neurodiversity and caring for people with autism, without judgement- a bridge between two groups in the same community.
Let me tell you a little bit more about myself, you can also read this blog if you care to know more. I am an autistic woman who was diagnosed at the age of thirty-five. I am the mother of an autistic son with high support needs due to his Apraxia. I also have pretty significant support needs due to my comorbid issues of ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, severe anxiety, and Agoraphobia. My supports come in the form of a 24/7 personal counselor, medications, and sensory accommodations, like tinted glasses and headphones.
This isn’t about neutrality. I am not Switzerland. I have my own beliefs about every hot topic in the community today. This is about diplomacy and education. I will heavily moderate angry comments, without apology. Emotional regulation and tone can be difficult for people on the spectrum, and honestly, for their caregivers as well. Only those willing to talk with love and acceptance are welcome to comment. Do your best to leave your baggage on the bank, and step on this bridge with me.
For more information about my views on Neurodiverse topics and mental health, read my blog or click here.