mute — from Dutch smelten to melt, make fluid

‘Misconstrued’

My words are glass and mirrors in your presence.

 

Might they fall in love — with not speaking?

Hiding words away

in desks

under chairs

behind doors

in classrooms

until they are broken?

 

Raw words

Leak

Spill

Drip, bloody

through cupped hands.

 

And boundaries?

Mine are air and mist

Unconsidered

You assume

And inhabit them

Without permission

Set up your structures

Unnoticed

Until

I speak

breaking up like radio interference

into white noise.

 

#Autism

Interviewing Autistic Individuals

Great post about interviewing autistic people by Samantha Craft 2 years ago. Much here could apply to communication, understanding and accommodations in the workplace too.

Everyday Asperger's

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1. When being interviewed for a potential job, adults on the autistic spectrum may appear as one of two extremes: 1) overly confident with an almost false persona or 2) extremely nervous and apologetic.
2. Rarely, during an interview, is an autistic jobseeker feeling at ease and content, and able to present a comfortable version of self. This is not an attempt to fool or falsify self, but instead an effort to try to blend in and be part of the ‘norm.’
3. Without a clear guidelines of how to act in a specific role, in this case as interviewee, the an autistic can present as anxious, tense, aloof, frightened or extremely nervous.
4. Partaking in an interview can cause extreme stress for days before the interview. The interview process will more likely than not be over-thought and imagined repeatedly, with multiple outcomes and scenarios. The candidate on the spectrum…

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unrequited love

Written a while ago, but echoes aspects of Luke’s post – ‘Why do autistics need to be compared to the predominant neurotype all the time?’  and responses/comments.

 

Wanting

To be like you

 

Another lead balloon

Hangs in the air between us

 

Waiting

 

You carry on regardless

 

We chat

Laugh

 

Wondering

You make it look so easy

Seeing

Hearing

Feeling

Touching

Thinking

 

While

Transparent

Hearing colour

Touching sound

Feeling words

Seeing thought

 

Until you stop

 

Waiting

 

Finding

Pressed like a flower

In the pages of a book

Words that don’t fit the time

 

Found

Wanting