It’s been 45 days since I last had a drink and the clarity that I have, the joy that I have in my heart, and the excitement that I feel as a result of my (ongoing) decision to remove alcohol from my life is, well… intoxicating.
I’ve struggled with the idea of sharing this publicly and it took some time to get used to the idea (I even teased it a bit here) but today I finally decided to do it:
Continue reading “Sober”
Teaching visual effects, animation, and more to those on the autism spectrum. Encouraging and inspiring.
Continue reading “Animating with Autism”
I found the following interesting and I’m not entirely sure of the background or if there was any political intent here (and I don’t have any hidden agenda either).
I just thought it was encouraging that these men, who have served their country with honor, are now trying to piece their lives back together while struggling with a real disorder.
Continue reading “US Vets Smoke Weed”
By David Foster Wallace via Harpers Magazine (1998) (full PDF here):
Continue reading “The Depressed Person”
San Francisco-based photographer Timothy Archibald began photographing his autistic 5-year-old son Elijah as a way of dealing with the young boy’s diagnosis.
Noticing how his son behaved, different from other kids, and knowing that as a parent he was desperately eager to raise his child as best as he could, he felt the need to pour his frustrations into this portrait project titled Echolilia.
Here are some of the results:
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A movie, a movement, and opportunity. Dan Selec, a pilot, race car driver, and technology expert decided to do something about the employment crisis for those that autistic.
Inspired by his son he decided to explore the idea of teaching technology to adults on the spectrum. What if they could design and develop video games and use those skills to build businesses that could one day employ them?
Continue reading “Programming Hope”
Mental health is a big issue and concern of mine, not just for myself but for all those whom I work with and for. And, I’m glad that it’s become a bigger part of the conversation in the professional world as more people realize that it’s as important as any other type of “health” out there.
And, I’m increasingly encouraged with the continued scientific progress and growth in areas related to the brain and our ability to overcome obstacles that were once thought impossible. How quickly we can discount ourselves and others when we believe faulty science (or out-of-date perspectives).
The story of Andrew Short is very encouraging:
Continue reading “Andrew Short and Neuroplasticity”
While running a PUG (“Pickup Group”) through a mythic level dungeon in World of Warcraft the Party Leader suddenly, without prompt, shot something through party chat that may have shocked a few members of our team but didn’t surprise me one bit.
He shared, with a bunch of total strangers, that he was feeling suicidal:
Continue reading “What Made You Live?”
The title of this research study and project is a mouthful: “A Gaze-Contingent Adaptive Virtual Reality Driving Environment for Intervention in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
What does it do? It helps people with autism spectrum disorder practice rapid-reaction skills that are helpful when doing things like driving.
Continue reading “VR Teaches Driving to Autistic Teens”
This doesn’t surprise me one single bit (via MIT):
Your mental health is reflected in the images you choose to post on social media, say researchers who have trained a machine to spot depression on Instagram.
Continue reading “Instagram and Depression”