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Having mild Autism and being HFA or Aspergers, appear normal but face difficulty in education, employment and social interaction.
There is not as much support for a person with a mild form of Autism compared to people with more severe Autism.
Severe Autistic people are likely to be non-verbal, have low IQ and mobility issues.



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Phoenix20 said:
Having mild Autism and being HFA or Aspergers, appear normal but face difficulty in education, employment and social interaction.
There is not as much support for a person with a mild form of Autism compared to people with more severe Autism.
Severe Autistic people are likely to be non-verbal, have low IQ and mobility issues.

It is a real problem that people with "mild" or "high-functioning" autism lack support because it's often assumed that because they can, with great difficulty, pretend to be neurotypical, they don't need it. I can attest firsthand that is incredibly stressful and exhausting having to "fake it" in everyday life to get by.

Thankfully, I myself at least am now very well supported, in large part because I work for a primarily Autistic organization where my boss and manager understand my needs because they're also on the spectrum.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

About 60 hours left?



Love and tolerate.

Salnax said:
About 60 hours left?

46 hours as I am typing this; my keynote is at 9:10am AEST which I believe is 2:10pm PT, 5:10pm ET, and 12:10am CEST. :)



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Congrats, dude. Pretty sure you'll do great. Not sure if I'm in the spectrum, I've had conflicting opinions from experts over the course of my life, and that's something that stresses me, the fact that I don't have a clear diagnosis, though I guess what's important is that I do have my share of eccentricities and I want to keep on them on check so I can have a productive life.



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Congrats man This is very good and im very happy for you and i just know your going to do great.I have a 5 year old daughter who is on the spectrum and is currently on a waiting list to be tested. Myself i think when i was younger if i was tested it would of shown i was on the spectrum too as i was always a bit different then other kids.Not sure if the is any point in going to be tested now. But i defo want to make sure my daughter will have the answers and help i never did.



zero129 said:
Congrats man This is very good and im very happy for you and i just know your going to do great.I have a 5 year old daughter who is on the spectrum and is currently on a waiting list to be tested. Myself i think when i was younger if i was tested it would of shown i was on the spectrum too as i was always a bit different then other kids.Not sure if the is any point in going to be tested now. But i defo want to make sure my daughter will have the answers and help i never did.

Good on you. :)

I wasn't diagnosed until I was 19 as I lived in a small country town a long way from any specialists or experts, and didn't quite fit the rather narrow and poorly understood definition of what autism was considered to be back in the 90s.

Getting a diagnosis was a moment of revelation and great relief for me, it was so great to finally have an answer and to be able to understand myself better and ultimately find self-acceptance.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

I don't have a lot of advice to give, but I congratulate you, I wish you luck and that everything goes well. Breathe and relax, practice your speech in front of someone else and ask if it appears natural. Stay calm, you already won the day.



Prediction: In 5 years Nintendo will Lauch a "Core Mario game"  very similar to Astro Bot. That said, many will Ignore Astro Bot existence and say Nintendo created this concept.

Manlytears said:

I don't have a lot of advice to give, but I congratulate you, I wish you luck and that everything goes well. Breathe and relax, practice your speech in front of someone else and ask if it appears natural. Stay calm, you already won the day.

Thanks man. :) They actually had me record my speech in advance, to ensure against any zoom malfunctions on the day, so at least I don't have to worry about that, though there is a live Q&A afterwards that I am nervous about, like I worry someone will ask something I haven't got an answer for. 

Ah well, less than 22 hours to go now and afterwards I'll be able to play Age of Calamity to relax haha.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:
Manlytears said:

I don't have a lot of advice to give, but I congratulate you, I wish you luck and that everything goes well. Breathe and relax, practice your speech in front of someone else and ask if it appears natural. Stay calm, you already won the day.

Thanks man. :) They actually had me record my speech in advance, to ensure against any zoom malfunctions on the day, so at least I don't have to worry about that, though there is a live Q&A afterwards that I am nervous about, like I worry someone will ask something I haven't got an answer for. 

Ah well, less than 22 hours to go now and afterwards I'll be able to play Age of Calamity to relax haha.

Ah nice a Q&A. Maybe throw in a little joke at the start saying before anyone asks yes I am single and looking for love. 

Ok maybe not,  but who knows might work and pay off, all those online places you mentioned in the past trying for countless hours resulted in not much so whats one more place to try?

Or ignore my advice I come up with some crazy ideas at this hour lol. Saying that these crazy ideas is how I won my wife over lol.