Are you Aware Yet?

The purpose of this post will be to update everyone on my whereabouts and to also outline my plans for Autism Awareness month!

First of all, I apologize for being so absent from my blog and from making videos for the past few months. As it turns out, it is a lot of work completing 20 credits in one semester, especially with no Friday classes. However, I was fortunate enough to have been the youngest one chosen to receive a 2012 Outstanding Women of Somerset County award and had a great time at the reception! I met many inspiring women, many of which had been working much longer than I have been alive! You can find more information about that here.

Secondly, it is Autism Awareness Month! I will be selling crocheted and hand-sculpted elephants (NEW! With keychains!) throughout the entire month and will be setting up an online donation page within the next few days. If you would like to order an elephant, you can e-mail me at nicole.m.dangelo@gmail.com. I will ship them anywhere!

My big event for the month will be a solo recital at the Watchung Arts Center which will benefit the center and also Autism New Jersey! Tickets are $15, and if you are interested in attending you can purchase them here! I will be playing works on piano, clarinet, and bass clarinet by Bach, Beethoven, Meyerbeer, von Weber, and more!

Thank you for your continued support!

Aspervlog #6: Hidden Disorder

Just talking about some of the downsides of being high-functioning and issues I faced this semester. I wrote a blog post a while back discussing this as well, if you prefer to read something cohesive: Link

I forgot to mention in the video that I just hit 10,000 blog views and 100 YouTube subscribers! Hooray for celebrating arbitrary numbers! I’ll take the opportunity anyway to sincerely thank everybody who’s subscribed to or even viewed my blog or my videos. I appreciate your continued support!

Also, just to add a little to the video: another very important piece of advice for medical professionals working with patients on the spectrum: Always be direct with your patient. Provide statistics and be blunt when providing a prognosis. You may think that by skirting around the issue at hand you are cushioning the blow of whatever the impact of the sickness will be or that you are helping the patient to understand better, but without directness we especially are left with ambiguity and a lot of confusion.

Aspervlog #5: Meltdowns

I should have been a little more specific and said that the type of overstimulation that I experience is just one type and there can be many other different reactions to stimuli.

Aspervlog #4.1: Diagnosis and Frustration

The reason I was so irritated in this video was because right before filming I received a distressing e-mail. I’m not going to share the details of that message, but I will say that I was incredibly misunderstood by an adult who has barely met me. Now, to answer the “autistic world” question more clearly, what I was trying to say is exactly what is demonstrated by my frustration; that when I know I will be faced with a situation such as meeting a person for the first time, the encounter will probably not go as I planned even if I rehearse it a million times in my head. Many times I wind up failing to make the point that I rehearsed for so long, and this can cause major misunderstanding and later frustration. This disconnect between my mind and reality is the closest thing I can think of which relates to an “autistic world.” I hope that answers the question!

Also, here’s a really good explanation of Asperger’s as it presents itself in females. I came across it this week, and I wanted to share it: http://www.help4aspergers.com/pb/wp_a58d4f6a/images/img244154ad237783e339.JPG

Aspervlog #4: Social Difficulties

Aspervlog #3: What is Asperger’s?

This week I answer three viewer questions relating to how Asperger’s works. Enjoy!

Aspervlog #2: Autism vs. Asperger’s

I meant to put this up yesterday and to add some fancy editing, but due to technical errors neither of those things happened. Huge thanks to my good friend Chris for trying! Here’s a link to his channel. I recommend you check it out.

Anyways, here’s my video of the week. It covers the differences between autism and Asperger’s, and touches upon the subtle differences between high-functioning autism and AS. I also discuss my plans for the future and my depressingly picky eating habits. Enjoy! Leave a comment with a question for next week’s video!