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Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is writing this blog so that people can gain more of an insight into how people with the condition process thoughts, feel emotions, react to situations and generally handle life.

17 Aug 08 Sorry!

I know the blog hasn’t been updated in a while, I’ve been quite busy and doing a lot of different things in a lot of different places. Lots of new opportunities have opened up for me where I could never have imagined.

Everything that’s happened will be blogged about, but I’ll alter the timestamps slightly so that it reads in a reasonable order.

Normal service to be resumed now!

30 Mar 08 Upgrade

Hi readers,

Just to inform you that the blog was down for 10 minutes earlier this afternoon due to WordPress informing me that I needed to upgrade the system. Apologies to those who got white-screens-of-death with meaningless error messages, as you may have guessed, the first upgrade went wrong, so I had to revert back to 2.3, and then use the 1&1 Internet management interface to upload a zip file, unzip it directly on the server and then upgrade from there. Needless to say it worked, and here you are looking at version 2.5!

So, my apologies for any inconvienience caused, and happy reading!

26 Mar 08 They just know

I’ve been following a fellow blogger with a mental health condition, and how he copes with his life. It’s interesting, because despite having wildly different unrelated conditions, we both seem to have the same type of friendship with someone. He is really close to Ana, and she helps him out with keeping his moods under control, and general stuff like that.

As I read one of his recent posts, and how he missed Ana, yet at the same time wanted her to be happy any enjoying what she was doing, it stuck a chord with me. It’s exactly how I feel about somebody, particularly during college holidays. You see, this person just has some kind of natural instinct for what I’m going to be like. It’s scary; this is something that even my Mum has to think about, my support workers think about. But she just seems to know, yet all that does in confuse me more about where I stand with her. Once you add in a dimension about somebody trying to emotionally protect another because of their disability, it really complicates things. To be frank, I felt less confused about where I stood with her when she told me the words I didn’t want to hear yet made me feel happy about it all!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s really sweet that there are people out there like that. And it’s really kind of her to be so patient and understanding. But I can’t help but feel she’s making allowances for me because of my Asperger’s; and I simply don’t want her to do that because it’s not fair on her. Both Nick and I have found somebody who could well become a life-long friend, and that is something that both of us must treasure and respect. I suppose I wonder what it would be like if we didn’t have our own conditions, would we still have found them, and would they still be so nice.

I should just try and not pay any attention to all of the complications, I think. But I can’t do that, because I like to analyse things, it keeps me occupied. The thing that I can’t figure out is why people do this. I don’t suspect anybody’s friends have any kind of ulterior motive, far from it. But I’d like to know why they protect us, look out for us, care about us, and ultimately support us through some of the most difficult times of our lives. The hardest thing is to know somebody cares about you, but because they want to protect you, you realise you’ll never get close. If it was a staff member, I could easily deal with that, it’s called professionalism; when it’s a friend, somebody who I really care about, it’s different, because it’s, just, I can’t even begin to get the words I would need to describe it…

25 Mar 08 Blog changes

As some of my readers are Aspies, I try and give you as much notice as possible of any changes I’m making to this blog.

Firstly, and most useful to you, I’m removing the comments restriction. Previously, you had to be registered and logged in to comment on the blog. Now, I only require a name and valid email address. You’ll also need to have two of your comments approved by an author before they will become immediately visible; so don’t worry if you don’t see them straight away, it just means I need to check it over!

Secondly, I’ve just been approved by the Google AdSense programme, which means I have permission to place their advertising boxes on this blog. You may already know that these are text-based unobtrusive content-based sponsored links. I intend to place a small box in the sidebar, and at the bottom of some key pages of the site. You are under no obligation whatsoever to even look at these if you do not wish to.

Finally, if any of these changes affects your ability to enjoy using the blog, please comment this post and I’ll try and assist you where possible.

07 Jan 08 New Year’s Resolutions

I know this is a bit late on, but I did say to myself I would post these online at some point during January.

So, what with New Year coming in, and everybody getting very merry and singing Auld Lang Syne and the rest, I decided I would make some resolutions. And stick to them. So, without any further ado:

  • I will update this blog often, I hope to post at least twice per week.
  • I will learn to drive, I hope to pass both tests before the end of May.
  • I will save at least a grand, I intend to go to university after my time in a specialist college, and would like to make life easier on myself.

You never know, I might stick to these. Keep checking back to see if I do (check the tags for “New Year’s Resolutions”)!