Sunday, April 22, 2012

Zoey Roberts and Autism Acceptance Month

We're featuring "Slice of Life" conversations with Autistics of all ages -- kids through adults -- throughout April's Autism Acceptance Month

Our goal is to help TPGA readers understand that autistic people are people who have interesting, complicated lives and who are as diverse and varied as any other population united by a label.

We are the people in each other's neighborhoods, and the more we know about each other -- the more visible autistic people and children are -- the more common autism acceptance will be. That is our hope. 


Today we're talking with Zoey Roberts, a proud Canadian with social media superpowers, especially on Facebook.

Do you have a website?

www.spectrumtimes.blogspot.com

What would you like a one-sentence description of yourself to say?

I am unique and special!

Do you have any autistic superpowers? What are they?

My Autistic superpowers are creativity, gab, art, computer skills on the software end mostly.

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

I am happy and satisfied when I can help ppl and talk about positivity in Autism, and watching my favourite DVD's

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

Stuff that makes me sad or anxious would be when ppl harass me or bully because of my Autism, and my opinions, and when ppl say they hate me.

Are there specific topics you find particularly compelling?

I like to talk about technology, ABBA, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, music, old shows, tech gadgets like iPods etc.

What are your preferred ways to be social?

I prefer to meet people in person but Facebook is also good too.

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

Traits I like in people is that if they are honest and up front with me, but at the same time let me know if I am doing a good job.

Are there parts of your life you wish were easier?

Parts of life I wish were easier are: my social skills, taking care of money skills, more respect from people for speaking out.

What's the next big goal you have for yourself?

My next big goal is to be like Temple Grandin someday and go around speaking and teaching like she does.

What does bliss feel like to you?

Bliss to me is meeting Temple Grandin and also playing my Bejeweled game :).