Autism Acceptance and Normalacy

According to Holiday Awareness calendars, April Is Autism Awareness Month.

Being aware that differences in thinking and living can co-exist is vital.

However, for most autistic people, the awareness model is too close to the medical model for comfort and safety. As if autism is something that can be, and should be, cured.

Autistics are altruistic. They think deeply, of all the cause, effect, and consequences, before they act or speak. Often, losing track of conversations, and confusing those, who are not autistic.

Pete Warmby’s thread on Sensory Overload: https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/983043921075941376 This happens anytime I am around more than one or two people I know. Even in places I feel safe, and know everyone there.

More from Pete Warmby on Autism and being more than just aware it exists. People need to accept it and understand how it affects every faucet of a person’t daily life. Every routine, subroutine, waking, eating, sleeping, and organizing. And yet, it’s so much more than just those stereotypes. It is a way of life that searches for meaning in every word spoken, every deed done. This means that everything you do that is out of the routine is being fully analyzed every second. To understand, cause, effect, consequences, and more. This why it can take more than a split second to make decisions. Every facet must be weighed continuously. It can be exhausting to do anything out of the daily routine. https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/980521548967792640

If you want to follow Pete Warmby, he has a blog with his recent autism posts at: http://petewharmby.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/my-twitter-threads-on-autism-all-in-one.html . He also has a few articles on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lets-be-accepting-of-autism-not-just-aware-of-it_uk_5ac3f055e4b07e4d9bac4a57 and of course, his Twitter account: @commaficionado.

There are dozens of great autism accounts to follow on Twitter. Another of my favorites is on Twitter and Facebook as: The Girl With the Curly Hair @curlyhairedalis. I agree with about 99% of the posts she posts. And by agree, I mean, I feel as if she has taken the words right out of my mouth, and spoken them for me.

Autism, Aspergers, whatever you want to call it. It is normal for me. To think before I speak, or act. To look before I leap. To see the things that others don’t, even with only 10 degrees of vision. To hear the things, that others forget, even with limited hearing. To prefer silence. Alone time. Do the things that matter in life. Without constant speech, sound, or motion. Saying what you mean, and not leaving the listener, or reader, to guess.

I have a few interesting thoughts and connections of autism. For those who understand and work with genetics, it would be a questions for them. So, I’ll not voice it here. Only to say that I see connections between autism and some of my ancestor’s way of life.

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National Week of the Ocean

The first week of April is the National Week of the Ocean.

A perfect time to think about the ocean.  Not just the beaches.  Though they do matter.  The beaches are like the leaves of the ocean. They stretch out to join ocean and Earth.  Ocean and sky.  We see the health of the ocean through its natural beaches.  Those less travelled by humans.

Oceans were once teeming with life.  Now, many sections are left barren by overfishing.  Empty places, with little, or nothing to fill them.

Beaches show this by their lack of living, mostly mammals and crustaceans, who once lived on the beaches, the border between the land and the sea.

Oceans are now filled with debris.  Much plastic, and other garbage, that floated into them from the mountains, down the once pristine streams, to glutted rivers, and deposited in the ocean. Animals eat this plastic, thinking it is food.  Or, in the case of filter feeders, there is no escaping as they open their mouths to eat.  In many ways, plastic in the oceans, is like smoke in smoke-filled room.  No escaping it.  It is in your clothes, lungs, food, drink, hair, and everything there.

We see the devastation on many beaches. Covered with garbage, brought in by the waves.  Garbage that did not originate on that coast, or even that continent.

Europeans are doing their part to enact laws to cut back plastics use, and help clean up oceans, regardless of where the trash in them came from.

Our beaches show us the life and death struggle of the animals that live both in the depths, and those that live on land.

Once, the beaches teemed with life.  Both ocean life, and terrestrial life.  Sleeping, feeding, and raising families.  Now, many are lifeless, empty, eroding without the animals to keep them safe from harm.

Ocean Garbage : https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/03/22/great-pacific-garbage-patch-grows/446405002/

Ocean Cleanup:  https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

Ocean Cleanup on Beaches where the garbage did not originate.  People drink this water.  Fish from it.  Bathe in it.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/modern-life-rubbish-helping-mumbai-clean-up-beach-india-city

It doesn’t have to be this way.  There are plenty of teens inventing solutions to collect the garbage from the oceans.  As much as possible.  Of course, millions of jobs could be created.  Governments choose not to, as they’ve no place to put all the garbage.  Though, it could be sorted, recycled, and broken down into less dangerous particles.

Garbage Bin: http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2015/12/a_clever_new_automatic_ocean_trash_collection_system_called_the_seabin_is.html

A list of options: https://upliftconnect.com/clean-up-the-ocean/

There are dangers to fish being trapped inside the garbage collection devices.  And most of the choices will not collect microplastics, especially microplastic beads. Which tend to fill plankton, that are eaten by larger fish, and larger fish, up three or four sizes before being eaten by humans.

Microplastics https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

Another option is bacteria that digest plastic.  They could eventually help clean up our oceans, and our landfills.  https://phys.org/news/2016-03-newly-bacteria-plastic-bottles.html Again, creating millions of jobs to grow the bacteria, disperse, it, and evaluate the landfills as they shrink from plastic disappearing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the ocean, and its beaches teeming with life, rather than litter?

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week

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Check the #Smashwords Read an Ebook Week!  March 4 – 10!  Several of my books are temporarily reduced in price.  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/uncoveredmyths

April D Brown’s fascination with history, science, and social science lead her on a quest to uncover forgotten societal mythology. New solutions to old queries will be uncovered in the future, through studies of the past. Her novels and novellas, while adventures, are written in a more classical style, without extreme action, romance, or violence. Characters think before they act. Sometimes, this leads to trouble.

Her nonfiction is often written at the request of others. #Gluten (and allergy) free #cookbooks, include tips for tricks for people with multiple common #disabilities, including poor memory, low vision, and limited dexterity. Journey Through Life #Lists was written at the request of friends with serious memory loss planning their future, and desperate to remember their past. #VoiceOver with the #Brailliant #Braille Display was designed for personal use, when there was no written manual for learning to use a screen reader for the first time as a middle-aged adult.

The clear path April D Brown dreamed of as a child had roadblocks no one could foresee. Of those, the loss of memory caused far more concern, than the loss of hearing and vision. #Deafblind and doing fine, most of the time. After all, vision, and hearing, can be internal, as well as external. With the help of her husband, cats, and dogs, she wanders along the path that unfolds slowly before her. The one she tried to push away as a teen. Writing doesn’t come as easy now as then. Though, it seems far more impactful. Full of hidden vision, wonder, and forgotten sounds and odors.

April D Brown’s books can be found at: http://uncoveredmyths.wix.com/uncoveredmyths.

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List of my books:

Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – https://books2read.com/u/mV9LJ3 or https://books2read.com/

CrosswindsTrails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – https://books2read.com/u/4X1A1b or https://books2read.com/

TrailsFaultLinesTrails 2: Trails Through the Volcano – https://books2read.com/u/bpx1Jb or https://books2read.com/TrailsVolcano

Trails The First Generation: Fault Lines and Volcano – https://books2read.com/u/4N1GO8 or https://books2read.com/

TrailsFirstGenerationTrails 3: Trails Through the Tales – https://books2read.com/u/bWvyY4

Trails 4: Trails Through the Garbage Mines – https://books2read.com/u/47odL4 or https://books2read.com/TrailsGarbageMines

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook – https://books2read.com/u/4A5rN4 or https://books2read.com/

CookbookCoffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains – https://books2read.com/u/m27ar4 or https://books2read.com/DessertsandGrains

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meat – https://books2read.com/u/bzkYj3 or https://books2read.com/Meat

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables – https://draft2digital.com/book/91412 or https://books2read.com/Vegetables

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Novel – https://books2read.com/u/b5KaGm or https://books2read.com/GlutenFreeLife

Journey Through Life Lists – https://books2read.com/u/m2O0R4 or https://books2read.com/LifeLists

VoiceOver With the Brailliant Braille Display – https://books2read.com/u/mvMQz3 or https://books2read.com/

Fill Your Ereader!

Fill your #Kindle or other #ebook reader with great deals on books by UncoveredMyths!

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – $0.99 #Apocalyptic #Earthquake #Scifi #ScienceFiction

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Learning to Live #GlutenFree – $0.99 #GlutenFree, #ComingOfAge, #SocietalExpectations, #FoodAllergies, #AllergyFree

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – $0.99 #FindingSelf #FindingHome #ComingOfAge #saga 

12/24/17 – 01/15/17 #Journey Through Life #Lists – $0.99 #MemoryImprovement, #TimeManagement, #StressManagement, #LifeStages, #HealthyLiving

12/24/17 – 01/15/17  #VoiceOver With the #Brailliant #Braille Display – free or $0.99 on Amazon #VoiceOver, #Brailliant #BrailleDisplay, #Braille, #Mac, #deafblind, #blind, #deaf, #OSX, #Sierra, #Accessibility

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Clean Indie Christmas

After you’ve filled your Kindle with Smashwords sales, you may be interested in Clean Indie Reads.

No smut allowed!

This sale only runs December 26 – January 6.

This sale offers 40 free or discounted books in a variety of genres.  Something for everyone, without the stress of unnecessary indecency. Clean doesn’t mean religious though.  In fact, my clean books have no mention of religion at all.

Some of the authors in this sale have other books that may not be as clean, so if you follow their lists check for their ratings on their own books.

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Smashwords End of Year Sale

Looking for bargain books to fill your #Kindle or other #ebook reader?  Look no further than Smashwords for all of your favorite Uncovered Myths Books!

#Smashwords End of Year #Sale!
December 25 – January 1

Free:
Life After Life
The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice
Bending the Bars
#VoiceOver With the #Brailiant #Braille #Display
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines
Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine

Half Price:
Trails Pit Miners
Journey Through Life Lists
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The #Cookbook
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Desserts and Grains
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Meat
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Vegetables
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Learning to Live #GlutenFree

Newsletter Sign Ups

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One way I reach my readers with more content is by newsletters.  I am changing  my newsletter process and hope to incorporate Instafreebie links.

I don’t send newsletters daily.  Weekly.  Or, even monthly.  I send them when I have a new book out.  Or when I am participating in special sales.

My author team will receive extra newsletters, when we try to work together to help each make more sales.

Readers are welcome to choose to be a part of any of these newsletters.

What would you like to see and read in author newsletters?

Author Team Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qr7z

Fiction Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qrBX

Nonfiction Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qrL9