Learning new skills doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. These sites teach you for free. Topics include:
- Around the House
- Business and Management
- Language and Writing
November 1 each year is Autistics Speaking Day, when people on the spectrum are encouraged to tell their own stories on social networking sites and blogs. The aim is to raise awareness and acceptance of autism; and show that behind the stereotypes are a diverse range of individuals with very different stories, some common experiences, and much to contribute if given a chance (with a little patience and understanding). I only found out about the campaign today, but you don’t have to wait till next November 1 to participate. If you’re autistic, you can tell your story anytime on the campaign blog. Visit it today to read what others are sharing!
The plan is that on November 1st social networking sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, as well as YouTube and blogging sites will see a huge increase in the posts of autistic people. We will post links to as many of these as we can to share the works of the autistic people. Our hope is that this will help promote autism awareness and autism acceptance. If you are a blogger or own a website, you can write a post on or around November 1st for Autistics Speaking Day and we will share the posts through this blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Everyone is free to participate in ASDay however they want. Some will just read through the posts, some will help to distribute the posts, and some will actively write them. [from the FAQ]
Many autistic individuals are visual learners, who think and express themselves better in pictures than words (with the notable exception of people with NLD, for whom the opposite is usually true). Google has developed Project Spectrum as a way to give people with autism the opportunity to express their creativity and develop useful (potentially marketable) skills using Google SketchUp 3D modeling software. Drawing can be difficult for some autistics, who may find SketchUp a viable alternative to realise their potential as artists and designers. Learn more at http://sketchup.google.com/spectrum/
The Asperger’s/Autism Toolbox is a website by someone with Asperger’s, with useful links to resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders. He uses the screen name Monkey Pliers (nope, I dunno why either). The text is a little hard to read (blue, green and purple fonts on a black background? Really?), but the site does have a certain aesthetic appeal (check it out, and you’ll see what I mean). The resources are really useful, though. The design has a lot of character, and I like the way it looks, kind of like a work of art.
Listverse is a fascinating site that pretty much does one thing, it publishes cool ‘Top Ten’ lists. Everything from Top Ten Everyday Things We Forget to Ten Creepiest Spiders in Movies. And they pay for submissions: $100 per list to be exact.
It works like this: you write your list (1,000 words minimum – 10 items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “great – we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by paypal (don’t have an account? just make one – it’s easy), or we reply and say “sorry – it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love – give it an other shot”. [From the website]
Listverse gets about 15 million visitors a month. If you have a blog, Twitter account or book you’d like to promote, they’ll even stick the info at the bottom of your post if it’s accepted. Time to make money from that fascination with ‘useless’ trivia!
If you have Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), there’s now a Facebook group for you! This is from the ‘About’ page:
This group is for anyone who has Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), can also be abbreviated as (NVLD). This group is for all people with NLD to connect with others who share the experience of living with this disability. After all, only we can truly appreciate what it’s like. Unfortunately, there is just not enough awareness yet. But, on the bright side, 20 years ago autism was in the same place as NLD is now.*** Please, we are all from different situations, when posting or replying be respectful and kind. Everyone has enough to deal with and should feel safe and free to discuss their NLD or NLD in general. ***