Since then, I've started watching other videos on YouTube. I've been particularly interested in watching videos by autistic women. It is fascinating to me because, although they are each different and unique, I can see myself in all of them. I find myself imagining being in a conversation with them as I watch the video, saying, "Yes, that happens to me too," and "You are so right!" Now that I can hook my computer up to my TV, I can spend hours watching videos from the comfort of my own bed at night. Which, incidentally, I did for a long time last night because I have a cold and when I lay down I can't breath, so I had to pile my pillows so that I was almost sitting up, and I have difficulty sleeping that way. But I digress...
I thought I'd share a list of some of my favorite videos so far, in case you are interested in viewing them. Most of them are "talking head" videos that are about 15 minutes long.
Autism Spectrum Disorder - Adult Autism Diagnosis. This is by a lady who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 28, although she was nonverbal as a child.
Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism. This is probably my favorite so far, mostly because Isabelle is kind of goofy and explains things in a way that makes me laugh, and also because throughout the whole video her dogs are wreaking havoc in the background!
How an autism spectrum disability affects my life now. A young woman with autism talks about how she used to feel guilty calling herself autistic because people thought she was too "high functioning."
Just A Girl With Aspergers - This is a video made by a little girl who looks about 10 years old. She went on to make an entire series of videos about being a girl with Aspergers, and this is the first one she did. She gives her advice to other kids with Aspergers, and also talks about what it felt like to get diagnosed when she was nine years old.
S#!T Ignorant People Say To Autistic. This is kind of a funny one... its pretty much a list of things that people often say when they find out you are autistic/have Aspergers/etc.
Very High Functioning Autism Is Still A Thing. The maker of this video, Hannah, actually has a whole series of videos about Aspergers. She is "self-diagnosed," as are many adults who grew up without a diagnosis and are unwilling or unable to get a professional evaluation. (It is harder than you'd think! Many professionals only evaluate children, and an evaluation can cost $500 to $1,000 or more and is not necessarily covered by insurance.)
One really interesting thing I just noticed is that many of these videos (including others I watched but didn't list here) have animals in the background.
Anyways, let me know what you think of these videos, and if you know of anymore you think I should watch!