When I started blogging, almost seven years ago, I didn’t even know I was doing it!
I just knew I was writing some articles, here and there, about working from home.
There were so many things I needed to learn. How to research an article, how to write for my audience, and not just about myself, how to set up a self hosted blog, how to find the right pictures for my blog, and so much more!
Blogging skills are something I have to pursue daily. Until I decided to pursue blogging skills, by reading, listening to podcasts, taking courses, and going to conferences, I didn’t make much headway. But over time, each skill built on the other, until I felt relatively confident with what I was doing.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
You can improve your quality of life by learning life skills.
In this article, I want to instill hope for a better quality of life by sharing life skills resources to help you learn strategies to improve your quality of life.
Living with autism in a non-autism world can feel like blogging for the first time. You may not know what you do not know about neurotypicals’ ways of communicating, relating, and working.
Autism advocates have work to do in educating neurotypicals to respect autistic ways of thinking and relating. In the meantime, adults with high functioning autism can improve their quality of life, just as any person would, by pursuing life skills as a means for personal growth and improved outcomes.
Life Skills Definition
Wikipedia defines life skills as “ behaviors used appropriately and responsibly in the management of personal affairs. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life.”
This Autistic Self Advocacy Network proclaims, “Nothing About Us Without Us.”
While I don’t see a lot of specific resources here, I love that autistics are uniting to talk about how to self-advocate as a life skill. Their resource, “Welcome to the Autistic Community“, educates autistics about what autism is, the positives of autism, what are your rights, resources, and what your future looks like.
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