Who Am I

My name is Austin Shinn and I have Asperger Syndrome. And I have to admit, I am not a fan of how my disorder looks on the internet. I’m not. I’m not a fan of sites like Wrong Planet. I’m not a fan of the attitude I see towards the syndrome in those communities. Looking at the media, I see my disorder treated as almost hopeless and I refuse to accept that. My goal here is to be a voice for those of us with the disorder who see the challenge the world has given us and choose to fight back. I admit most of my posts here will be autobiography. I’m not trying to present myself as a perfect role model. Just the opposite. I am a normal guy fighting the struggle, And I refuse to quit.

Tonally, this will be a mix, as is life. But I want to point to the good moments especially. To talk about what I love. Maybe I have to deal with the struggles but there is always light in the dark.

Personal details you should know? I’m 30. I work in a job I love at an employer I love. I went to college for journalism and graduated with honors. I’m happily married. I love movies and comics. My life is good. Getting here? That’s the journey. So let’s go.

My plan is to do an entry a week. Longer form entries will probably be one every two weeks. I might post a big broad entry on a topic but don’t be shocked if I narrow in on a specific element later. Our brains are fractured in that way so why not write like we think? That kind of goes along with the title of the blog. A Flickering Life refers to both film, since I am a film buff above all else, and our mindset.

4 thoughts on “Who Am I

  1. Hi Austin,
    Your blog is currently included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please let us know how you want your blog described on that list (anautismobserver.wordpress.com/input-for-actually-autistic-blogs-list/).
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

  2. Hi Austin!
    I am the casting director for the American version of the award-winning BBC television series “Employable Me.” I’m reaching out to you because I it seems like you might know someone who would be interested in learning more about our television series.
    “Employable Me” follows people with Autism, Aspergers and other conditions like Tourette Syndrome as they look for meaningful, long-term employment. The job-seekers selected to appear on our documentary series will be encouraged to unlock their hidden talents with the help of experts, doctors and neurological specialists so they can at long last find the job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths and creates a sense of purpose in their life.
    In the off-chance that you know someone on the spectrum who has talent to offer but hasn’t been able to find the right job for whatever reason, I encourage them to get in touch with me.
    A summary of what we are hoping you might be able to post about for us or do an email blast about is below my signature in this email.
    In case you’re curious, here are some highlights of our courageous series as first launched in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09hlpl8
    My number in New York is 212-208-6413 if you have any questions at all. If you are able to help get the word out about this program for us please let me know!
    Many thanks – speak soon!
    Liz Alderman
    Casting Director, Optomen Productions
    Follow me on Twitter! @CastingGAL
    Documentary producers at Optomen USA are looking for people on the spectrum who would like our assistance finding employment on the documentary TV series EMPLOYABLE ME.
    A diverse workforce can be great for a business and EMPLOYABLE ME wants to dramatically shake up the system to prove it
    Contact Liz.Alderman@OptomenUSA.com for more information on how to be considered for this opportunity.
    Optomen Productions produces hundreds of hours of television each year for many of the major cable and broadcast networks including Food Network, Travel Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Bravo. Our most successful series include Worst Cooks in America and Mysteries at the Museum.
    Visit http://www.optomenproductions.com/ for more information about our company.
    Employable Me Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/165440168/eeef45ba00
    Employable Me Episode 2: https://vimeo.com/194704968/f29ee23b44
    Employable Me Episode 3: https://vimeo.com/165440167/911b02b210

  3. Pingback: Autism Interview #73: Austin Shinn on Advocacy in Childhood, College, and Beyond - Learn From Autistics

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