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Autism Acceptance Month: Links

a rainbow dragon coiled around itself in pounce-position, looking as though it's about to take off.
Image Description: a rainbow dragon coiled around itself in pounce-position, looking as though it’s about to take off.

Just a short Link-post today about Autism Acceptance Month. You might be expecting me to explain what Autism Acceptance Month and #LightItUpRed or #RedInstead is about, however, I figured it would be better for those explanations to come directly from Autistic people instead of myself, so check out the links below. If you’d like me to add more links of Autistic Creators (Authors, Bloggers, Youtube Video Creators), let me know in the comments section below and I’m make sure to add their link to the post.

Links:

~ASAN: Australia and New Zealand

~Autistic Self Advocacy Network: Sharon Lewis Statement for Autism Acceptance Month (Youtube Video)

~L.C. Mawson: #RedInstead (Youtube Video)

~Stream of Awareness: Youtube Channel

~Tiffany Grey: Youtube Channel

~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #22 – Why Acceptance? Autism Acceptance Month (Youtube Video)

~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #1 – What is Stimming? (Youtube Video)

~A Bit of Brave: Autistic Stimming (Youtube Video) (Warnings: Flashing, Moving Images, Moving, Rapid Transitions, Coloured Lights)

~Baby Robot: Harmful Stims (Youtube Video) (Warnings: use of snap-chat filters, moving images)

~Baby Robot: The Joy of Stimming (Youtube Video) (Warnings: use of snap-chat filters, moving images)

~The Introverted Matriarch: Chronic Pain and Autism

~Megan Rhiannon: My Autism Diagnosis Story – TW self harm + suicide mentions (Blog-post)

~So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better: Autism A-Z: A is for Acceptance (Blog-post)

~Autism Doesn’t Make Me Blue: How to Support Autistic People This April by Nova Mona (Article)

~April Is Autism Acceptance Month By Laura Jo (Article)

Arts and Crafts: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.

Articles to read before I begin:
~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #6 – What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks? by Amythest Schaber
~Autism Women’s Network: Is Autism Speaks a Hate Group? by Amy Sequenzia
~The Caffeinated Autistic: Why I am Against Autism Speaks (and you should be, too)
~My Autistic Point of View: April is Autism Awareness Month, Autism Acceptance and #RedInstead

One of the problems with working in Retail is that you quickly lose your faith in humanity, especially when you see people do questionable stuff in the name of profit. Take hot-cross buns, as far as I’m concerned, supermarkets and bakeries shouldn’t be selling them until at least March. But on January 1st, year after year, the supermarket I work at has hot-cross buns ready to go at 06:00 am when the store opens.

The first day of the year, the Christmas season has only just finished and yet, the desire to shove Easter in our faces is clearly a temptation some corporations clearly can’t resist. Now, you could blame the customer for buying in the product, after all no one is forcing them to buy hot-cross buns on January 1st, but my experience with customer service has taught me that convenience is the key.

Unless the customer has come in for a specific item for a specific purpose, if the product isn’t there on the shelf, the majority of customers won’t bother, they only want the item because it’s right there. This is why, in my personal view, I feel that boycotting a product because the company displays unethical behaviour doesn’t achieve much in the long term.

Sure, it makes me feel better not to purchase items from Nestle (reasons why here) or Lindt (reasons why here). But the reality is that I know that by the end of the Easter period all those chocolate bunnies and chickens are going to be sold and consumed, and there’s not much I can do to stop them.

I understand that boycotting and choosing to abstain from certain companies and items is the only form of protest some people can participate in, this isn’t a judgement of that, I just dislike grappling with the feeling that I should be doing more.

Eventually, I got an idea, what if I could combine Neurodivergent traits like crafting and hoarding with those little bells that accessorise the chocolate Lindt rabbits and chickens and use them as part of a beaded lanyard? Behold!

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin's egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin’s egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

So while I’m aware this might be a bad idea, if I had to pick one, I’d probably pick the last one. I love pearl beads and rainbows and that covers both. It also might not be obvious from the picture but the pearl rainbow lanyard is slightly shorter than the other ones, which I’ll admit are ridiculously long. I bought the black rat-tail cord off Ebay, I paid AU $2.00 in shipping fees (the seller is UK-based), but I honestly didn’t care. I’ve noticed the black rat-tail cord is thinner than the black rat-tail cord Kim obtained for me from Lincraft, but I felt this worked for me, the hot-pink wrap-tail cord I bought is too thick for me to use with my current collection of beads, which is super frustrating.

So what do readers think? Are the bells a good addition? Or just another one of my shitty ideas? I would offer to sell these and donate the profits to AWN or ASAN, but seeing as my Diverse Books Giveaway didn’t really take off (who had thought it would be difficult to tempt Australian and New Zealand book bloggers with free stuff?), I’m beginning to think I’m not as persuasive as I thought. Let me know what you think in the comments section down below.

My Treasure Chest – Part 2: A Study in Pink

Image Description: Pink box with rows of coloured tape decorating the outside of it. In front of the pink box is a wide variety of stim toys, mostly pink in colour, I will go into greater detail further down the post.

Before I begin, I would like readers to check out these links first as I’ll be using these posts as references:
~Eldritch Esoterica: ‘Fuzzy Coin Purse’ and ‘Fuzzy Pencil Case’ made by Yoobi
~Eldritch Esoterica: Hairy Tangle
~Eldritch Esoterica: Two Worm-like Stuffed Plushies
~Eldritch Esoterica: Squishy Plastic Bath Toys
~Eldritch Esoterica: A Horde of Telephone Cord
~Eldritch Esoterica: Stim toy/jewellery wishlist

Today’s post is going to be centered around Stim toys as I received another box of homemade Stim Toys from Kim. I’ll go through all the items in the box individually:

Image Description: Left to right, a small yellow rubber lizard which is also kind of sticky and a larger pink rubber lizard
These toys remind me of the lizard toys you can find at the National Geographic shop (I loved going to my local National Geographic store as a small spawn). So while I like the pink one and love to watch it’s flickering tail as I move it about (or pretend to have it crawl up my partner’s arm, much to his chagrin), I’m not sure on the yellow sticky lizard. Will have to experiment more.

Image Description: A green, yellow and orange tangle all coiled up inside it's box
For those who have been following Kim’s Stim toy Review posts (for those who haven’t, check this link here and the link up the top of the page), you may have noticed Tangles are a staple feature and there’s a reason for that, they are so interesting to play with (though I only have one tangle so far). It’s small and easy to put in my messenger bag and travel around with. In it’s expanded form:
Image Description: a green, yellow and orange tangle free from it's boxy prison in the shape of a rectangle
It’s diverse and there’s multiple ways you can twist and undo it. You can also take it apart, piece by individual piece, and put it back together. The tangle is one of my favorites thus far and I take it with me everywhere.

Image Description: top to bottom, a bright-pink cylindrical slinky in an arch shape with a smaller star-shaped pink and yellow slinky
I love slinky toys, I already have a rainbow coloured slinky which is made of thick plastic (so it’s easy to feel the weight of it in your hands) the bright pink slinky is made of lighter/thinner plastic so it feels different, but a good kind of different. I also like the star-shaped slinky a lot too, it’s compact in size, so it’s easy to put in my Stim Toy bag and take with me.

Image Description: I don't know what the technical name for this is, but I'm going to call it little Styrofoam balls gelled together with green sticky stuff
Kim showed this to me and I kind of got the same impression about this gooey Styrofoam-ball stuff that I get from fake kinetic sand, it could potentially be a lot of fun to play with, but it’s guaranteed to make a great big mess (I can just see little Styrofoam-balls going absolutely everywhere). So I figured I’d get a separate mess-tray from Daiso before I test this one out. But, I would like to point out that Baby Robot does a video on Harmful Stims, and mentions these gooey Styrofoam-balls and fake kinetic sand as one of their prefered stims.

Image Description: top to bottom, a long dark-blue string key-chain intertwined with a rainbow spectrum of beads, a lighter-blue string with a metallic rainbow spectrum of beads and a small chrome circle with pink-white-purple-white-pink beads
I really love these, the beads and strings are interconnected, you can push the beads along the string like a rainbow progress-bar you can hold in your hands. You can also roll the beads around in circles. Thus far, I really seem to enjoy the beaded stim toys, I take these items with me everywhere in either my handbag (which goes inside my messenger bag) or inside my Stim Toy bag (which also goes inside of my messenger bag, the Stim Toy bag is a new development). I hate going to doctor appointments and having to sit in the waiting room, surrounded by the constant barrage of noise, but I was able to pull out my beads and force myself to focus on getting the beads from one end of the string to the other.

Image Description: fake kinetic sand with three bright pink kinetic sand molds, they resemble miniature pots for tiny plants
As with the gooey Styrofoam-balls , I have been itching to get the fake kinetic sand out and play with it, especially now that I have a small pink container and and small yellow container of it. However, I know the moment I open these container, I will put sand and crap absolutely everywhere, courtesy of my ultra clumsiness. So, I’m going to head into Daiso and get a specially designated tray for it (“You’ll need a tray”).

Image Description: a bright-pink eraser in the shape of a string currently folded into a vague pretzel shape
This apparently an eraser, though I doubt I will use that for the intended purpose, it can be tied up like a pretzel or knotted, which is good because I’m sort of good at undoing knots and tangles, I mean, it may take me a while, but it’ll be done.

Image Description: two small bath toys, left to right, a purple and robin's egg blue water-can and a a yellow and pink flower with a bright-pink pot. you can use them to blow at people or yourself.
If you’ll check out the link above titled “Squishy Bath Toys”, you’ll be most informed. I’ve noticed that the water can is easier to squish than the flower, but both are good for puffing air (my cat’s expression when I puff air at him is most amusing). These also might make great toys I take with me when I visit my sister and my niece. My sister has already begun to amass a collection of Rubber Duckies, which of course gives me the impulse to add to this collection. Thus far, I had contributed a green NVida Rubber Duck, which does look a little odd along side the other standard yellow rubber duckies of various sizes, so I’ll have to get more colourful rubber duckies or other bath toys (you know, so the green one doesn’t feel lonely).

Image Description: a bright yellow bouncy ball
I love bouncy balls, I was obsessed with them as a kid and as a teenager (I hate hacky-sack: far too much hand eye co-ordination involved), bouncy balls, on the other hand, are brightly coloured and usually easy to track where they land, providing you don’t throw them too hard (try not to throw them too hard, I know this can be difficult to gauge, also don’t play with them at train stations or near train tracks).

Image Description: a small diamond of soft fuzzy fabric
Lincraft where having a special and Kim was able to pick up some fabric. I quite enjoy it; it’s so fuzzy!

Image Description: a bright-pink nubbly Yoobi coin-purse
I really like this a lot, I love the texture of it but also the bright pink colour, which makes it easy to find in my messenger bag, in fact I’ve been looking into buying some more, but unfortunately my local target doesn’t have them, I’ll have to check my nearby K-mart instead, which might be better for me as it’s open twenty-four hours and I can use my discount card there as well.

Image Description: It's not obvious from the photo, which is a photo of a tube made of cloth, but there's a round object in the tube and you can push it around in a loop
This is interesting, not just because it take mental effort to find the small round object and push it around, but the fabric is *flannelette (like the shirts). I adore fresh cotton sheets on the bed, when I’ve just applied fresh sheets and I’m climbing into bed at the end of the day, I have to resist the urge to roll around in the bed, which I know sounds super weird, but meh. Flannel sheets are good, flannel pj’s are also good, but I can’t wear flannel pj’s with flannel sheets (it just doesn’t work).

Image Description: a small rectangle-shaped teal-coloured fuzzy bean-bag scented with citrus essential oil
I love the smell of this one, *it’s apparently lavender scented (I have a purple one with stars which smells like lavender). I like to keep it in a separate bag to keep the scent for as long as possible.

Image Description: Nubbly Hedgehog cleaning sponge (from Daiso) that's been filled with stuffing and scented with citrus-scented essential oil. It has an adorable little happy face
I love hedgehogs, they are freaking adorable, and hedgehogs are also amazing little critters. They’re nocturnal and they live underground and because of their protective quills, they can pretty much do whatever they want. In fact, if a snake is foolish enough to venture into a hedgehog’s den/nest, the hedgehog can essentially chase down it’s prey and attack the snake when it’s been exhausted. Did I mention they are freaking adorable? So yeah, I love this little Hedgehug plushie, it has a cute little smiley face on it and little hands (and it’s also *lavender scented). The fronds though are my favourite part, they’re very much like the Yoobi coin-purse fronds, and it’s very soothing to run for me to run my hands over it (usually in a back and forth pattern).

Image Description: Two smiley-face stress-ball facing off against each other

“This Couch ain’t big enough for the two of Us.”

Not sure if I mentioned this last time, but Kim gave me another smiley face stress-ball, I intend on amassing a horde of them and perhaps taking a photo of them with the caption “We Are Legion”, although I’m sure it’s been done before.

The Tag describes the item as

This is Squishy

Now, Kim didn’t give me this, I’ve had Squishy for years, but I figured seeing as Squishy is bright pink, mentioning Squishy would work with the theme. Now the fun part about Squishy is that you can put all of Squishy’s arms and legs into their torso (which is pretty amusing), then you thump the torso and the limbs all pop out *manic laughter* It’s great.

So yeah… That’s my Stim Toy collection thus far, if readers want to comment or talk about their preferred type of stimming or  what their favourite type of stim toy is, the comment section is just down below and feel free to tell me. Also, I was thinking that articles on Stim Toys are great and some readers will prefer these discussions in text format, but I was also thinking about demonstrating with stim toys or discussions with Stim Toys in video format. Which one would be preferred? Video or Text? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Also, unrelated side note, the blog Everything Esty is doing a free Christmas Printables blog-post, unfortunately it’s a Northern-Hemisphere-centered idea of Christmas (so if you’re an Australian like myself, the snow-people and snow-flake images will induce eye-rolling), but I found a few of them helpful.

Links:
~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – What Is Stimming?

~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – Types of Stimming

~The Stimming Checklist: So, what is Stimming?

~Baby Robot: The Joy of Stimming (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Ask an Autistic #1 – What is Stimming? (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Living Atypically – Self-Injurious Stims (Youtube video)

~The Aspie World: Hand Flapping and Stimming (Youtube video)