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  2. The Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers" is one of my favourite films:
  3. 2020 was horrid. I hope 2021 won't be just as lame. My Silent Hill thread got posted in the wrong section. Sorry about that...
  4. It's a video game franchise that concerns a strange town, shrouded in fog. The second one on the PS2 and Xbox is generally considered to be one of the best games of all time. The series has been dormant since 2012, unfortunately. But I myself (thesaunderschild) love to play horror video games. Supposedly, a reboot is going to be unveiled this summer. Are you a fan of these games?
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  6. Funny how none of the participants on The Undateables get told "Relationships are no big deal", "You're too young to worry about having a boyfriend/girlfriend", "Relationships come along when you least expect it", "Just join a club" etc etc etc.
  7. Believe it or not, Nick Giuffre has been part of the world of Spectrum Fusion since before the program even began. He first met Dr. Heidi Ham when he was only 4 years old when he was a part of her Language Learning Group at the University of Houston. “At the time, I recommended that he add intensive occupational therapy intervention as well to address developmental dyspraxia,” Dr. Ham said. Nick participated in her Language Learning Group for two years and then they parted ways. Dr. Ham moved to London and Nick began his lifelong participation in sports. He played basketball for 10 years, took gymnastics for 9, and ran track for 4 years. “They partially led to me wanting to become a fitness trainer,” said Nick. “I also wanted to become a personal fitness trainer because I wanted to stay involved in sports and fitness, helping people lose weight because I went through and am still going through a weight loss journey myself.” After graduating high school, Nick continued his education at Shreiner University. Initially, he had some difficulties with schedule management, the size of his workload, and separation anxiety from being away from home, but with the support of Dr. Ham and executive functioning therapists, he was able to learn strategies for organization and studying through the Spectrum Fusion Wings Program. With the help of Spectrum Fusion, Nick aced his final class and now holds an Associate’s Degree in Global Perspectives. After earning his Associate’s, Nick volunteered to lead Spectrum Fusion’s new health initiatives called ‘Healthy Fusion’ and ‘Power Fusion’, designed to help adults on the Spectrum embrace healthy eating and living habits, and be more active. Nick jumped at the opportunity to use his fitness expertise to help others. However, Nick was eager to expand his activities in the field of physical fitness and one day truly turn it into a career. Unsure how to go about this, he joined a personal training certification course. The course proved to be more challenging than first expected, requiring advanced knowledge of anatomy and other exercise sciences, but on October 20, 2020, Nick passed the final exam and earned his ACE Personal Training Certification. Encouraged after completing such a milestone accomplishment, Nick says earning his certificate has helped him to feel ready to accomplish a lot more. Finding a job has been a difficult prospect during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but through Nick’s perseverance, he has already found an opportunity to put his new certification to use. In January of 2021, Nick was recommended by multiple parties to become a personal fitness trainer at LA Fitness Richmond location through Spectrum Fusion’s Reactor Room Program. One activator was Dan Vasquenza from Georgia who used to work for the Atlanta Hawks and the other was Richard Leach from Leach & Minnick law firm. The first connection didn’t go through but it was a great practice interview and the second was a winner! After shadowing under his mentor Andre for a week, Nick is now employed as a professional fitness trainer. JT is the lead trainer and he is impressed with Nick’s attention to detail and his dedication to the team. Nick is excited to explore further opportunities in the field of physical fitness, and he is considering returning to college at some point to complete his Bachelor’s Degree. For now, Nick is proud of the accomplishments he’s made and is ready to take the fitness world by storm and soar to new heights. Source: Spectrum Fusion
  8. I saw this online recently; "The science of ‘mind-reading’: our new test reveals how well we understand others" https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-mind-reading-our-new-test-reveals-how-well-we-understand-others-155241 " ... Our research also showed that people with autism reported substantially more mind-reading difficulties than people without autism. The average score of an autistic person would fall within the lowest 25% of non-autistic scores. ... ". " ... It will also be useful to understand and tailor support for people with clinical conditions, such as autism. ... ".
  9. I tend to like books set in an area that I am familiar with, east central Scotland, which includes Edinburgh. Quite a few well known authors such as Ian Rankin (author of Rebus detective novels, some of which have been on tv) and Irvine Welsh (some of whos books have been turnd into films such as Trainspotting). Also the Scottish authors Doug Johnstone and Neil Broadfoot. All the books are set in the present time (rather than historical). With the lockdown my usual source of books (the library) is closed, so I have been buying books for a change. Maybe some would say that I should expand my horizon to include works set elsewhere or in other periods of history. But I enjoy these books and I can picture the places and just about recognise the type of people in them, so they seem more "real" to me. I experience some difficulty trying to imagine other places, periods of history etc to such an extent that it spoils my enjoyment of fiction set in other places, periods of history etc. Is this an autistic thing, liking fiction that is not too far outside one's experience of life?
  10. I feel inadequate next to the achievements of the second writer. :-(
  11. Aeolienne

    New Here

    Did last year's Autscape go ahead in a virtual format?
  12. Not mentioned as such. I'm currently reading The Librarian by Salley Vickers.
  13. NNC news story with video clip titled "Photographer wants to be autistic 'role model'" A wildlife photographer hopes to inspire other autistic people to know they can "achieve anything despite what society tells them". ... " https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-55940762 Some of Alfie's photos: https://alfiebowen.co.uk/galleries
  14. Since this was posted back in October - I'll ask, do you still read the forums? Just checking as a 30 year old who used to do exactly this during adolescence (at various stints.)
  15. Oh, the good ol' days of blissful innocence, 'off the wall' antics, and unbelievably BAD grammar. It's just funny how I don't remember a single forum post. It feels like a previous incarnation - or even the residual haze from a barely memorable dream. I wasn't dyslexic either, I was just bone-idle.
  16. Hello! If anyone has some free time to complete my questionnaire I would really appreciate it. It is aimed at parents of autistic children that are 18+. The questionnaire is for my university disseration and it looks into how parents can influence their austic child from moving away from home. As I have a 5-year-old brother with autism, I wanted to learn more about how challenging it can be for families. The questionnaire is annonymous and should only take around 15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time:) LINK: https://yorksj.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3E6bOFg0Z3TcEGV
  17. There are a few aspie dating sites out there, my mum met her fella in her 60s. They've been together for over a year now and she's suspected ASD. I know the feeling regarding ASD ruining it for you. Are there any autism support groups near you? Some organisations are running online support groups. Others eg national autistic society have resource and day centres open to a limited number of people.
  18. trekster

    New member

    Are there any computer clubs, tech groups via meetup.com or similar that could help you find friends.
  19. I know of people who find Discord easier to use than Facebook, servers are divided into various channels to post about relevant subjects.
  20. Does anyone on this site find this to be funny (there is some swearing in it)? I don't like it much, but maybe I don't see the humour in it.
  21. I was single for many years, then I met a woman via internet dating and I got married. The best thing that I have ever done, she is good at things that I am not good at and is a great help as well as being a wonderful person.
  22. pleade email md copy ur dla form kwillis152@gmail.com
  23. Are the outsiders who do things differently, people on the spectrum?
  24. Hello! I' m Antonis and am from Cyprus. I'm just doing my bachelor degree thesis, in Cyprus University of Technology. I 'm trying to test online museum websites, and how user friendly they are for people with the Asperger Syndrome. I want to create a digital museum especially for these people according to their reactions, and raise awareness of developing user friendly websites for all people, not only for few! I'm looking for people who are 18-25 and would like to spend 10-20 minutes with me, testing online some digital museums! Please if you know some people that can help me send me a message or an email to ant.theodosiou@gmail.com. That would be really helpful! Thanks a lot!
  25. We Do Things Differently: The outsiders rebooting our world by Mark Stevenson
  26. I've been single for most of my life. I'll be turning 35 years old on the 26th.
  27. Has anyone watched "Love on the spectrum"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_on_the_Spectrum If so, apart from the fact that it was made in Australia, how does it compare with the autism stories in Channel 4's show "The Undateables"?
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