Monday, April 2, 2012

Aisling Alley and Autism Acceptance Month

Here at TPGA, we're featuring "Slice of Life" conversations with Autistics of all ages -- kids through adults -- throughout April's Autism Acceptance Month. We're thrilled to launch the series by talking with Aisling!

What is your name?

Aisling Alley.

Do you have a website?

No, but my “MOM” does:

What would a one-sentence description of yourself sound like?
Aisling: A “not-so-average” kid who is a remixer (Not on songs, but plays), artist, and a HUGE great actor (I think I should be in drama).

Do you have any autistic superpowers? What are they? 

Unlike some autistic kids, I’m one of the lucky ones who can speak. However, I tend to have a short fuse, but I don’t show the anger that often. Often my mind is creative. I also have a great memory, so I can remember my past.

What are some situations that make you happy, or satisfied? 

My BFFs. They keep me company.

My BFFs are Z--, T--, M1, and M2. (D--’s too, and she’ll be my counselor next year) We talk about our Starshine anime, and of course Nintendo stuff, which we are making a fanmade show of our favorite Nintendo Characters, we’re both good at drawing, but I say that T--’s and Z--’s are the best.

Other than that, I am a HUGE fan of one of the villains from Nintendo, who is in Kirby 64, Zero Two. I know that some of you don’t know him as much as I do. But if you can see what he is, his theme is 100% EPIC.

What are some situations that make you sad, or anxious? 

Anything that could tear up my heart to bits.
  • ex. Boys who rapidly sing the song Thriller, I HATE that song. It scares me.
  • ex. Boys who mimic me. 
  • ex. I am sensitive, & I HATE it when people shout at me, even if it’s not my fault. 
  • ex. Being insulted.
Are there specific topics you find particularly compelling?

I LOVE talking about my upcoming series, Starshine, an anime my friend T-- and I are making. Since I’m having a writer’s block, she helps me. I also like talking about Nintendo, a company that makes these AMAZING video games I love and are so fascinating.

What are your preferred ways to be social?

I somehow talk to my friends in anyway, but I rarely talk to them on the phone. It doesn’t matter if I’m facing them or not, I can still hear them. I prefer to talk to them if they are in the same room, just by not looking.

What traits do you prize in a friend, or companion?

I am quite amazed of T--’s drawings, I just thought hers were better than mine, but she compliments on my drawings, which we draw manga. I’m quite a newbie, but she’s a professional.

Are there parts of your life you wish were easier?
  1. Schoolwork should be way easier every time.
  2. I have a sidekick that’s a robot that could do all my chores.
  3. Anyone could keep me company in my house when I’m an adult, but just a best friend.
What's the next big goal you have for yourself?
  1. They say I have to work more hard on math, because I am an EPIC FAIL at it. (At least a C’s better than nothing) 
  2. Get everything off my wish list so I can make MOAR videos. 
  3. Make the Starshine Anime! I’m trying to find music, because I can’t make music! (I’ll give credit to the custom music from Newgrounds.)
What does bliss feel like to you?

It feels so rare to me. But I don’t show it that often. I’d play video games all day and travel around the world. Yep, that’ll make me blissful!