My name is Alex. It’s short for Alexis. Not long ago at the age of 33, I got a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD. It was a shock, and it was the answer to so many questions throughout my life. It was the hardest thing I ever learned and the best thing to ever happen to me.
With my diagnosis, I began researching autism to find out what the diagnosis meant for me. I started seeing a therapist who specializes in Aspies. I read a lot of books on the subject, some good and some not so great. I began learning strategies that help me overcome my difficulties.
As I began to understand myself, I was also beginning to help other people. I used the knowledge I had gained to help other autistic people, as well as help non-autistic people relate with us. When I helped a mother have her first full length conversation with her autistic child, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Nothing I had ever achieved working in software had ever been so satisfying as that.
So I set myself on the path of becoming a therapist myself, and I will focus on autism. I want to help those who are going through what I have been through, and help their families understand them better where I can. I will be returning to school to get the necessary degrees to begin practice, but that will take years. In the meantime I hope to help people through this site and through online autism communities in which I participate as a lay expert.
That is how No Defective Ducks came to be. I want it to be a helpful resource to autistic people and the non-autistic people who care about them, care for them, or interact with them. I want it to help show an autistic viewpoint, since it seems so many of the blogs and resources out there are by non-autistic people.
Thank you for your visit. I hope you learn something helpful while you’re here.