Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Through Our Eyes" Extended Edition DVD ~ Get it here

If you've recently attended one of the screenings of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" and want to get a DVD copy of the 50-minute extended edition, you can purchase one here!

http://www.alyssahuberfilms.com/p/shop_77.html

The DVD includes a 50-minute extended edition of the documentary, plus an extra 50+ minutes of interview footage with parents and experts.


Watch the trailer below!


If you'd prefer a streaming version (online video), you can access it here. Simply create an account and follow the instructions on the page.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber ~ Autism Acceptance Month

Got questions about Asperger's and Autism? Join my live discussion on YouTube this weekend for the Autistic Gaming Initiative!

APR 29th 2018 Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber (Autistic Gaming Initiative)
Date: Sunday, 2pm-4pm ET

Topic: 
Autism Acceptance / Autism in the Media


Join the conversation on all things Asperger's with Alyssa Huber, director/producer of the documentary "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's."



Follow the Facebook Event for updates.

PREVIOUS TOPICS
Asperger's and Relationships
Asperger's and Financial Issues
Asperger's and Emotions
Asperger's and Coping with Change



Thanks, and I'll see you there!
~Alyssa


Sunday, April 1, 2018

UPDATE: New Autism Acceptance Month 2018 Events

Happy World Autism Acceptance Day!

For Autism Acceptance Month, you can attend a FREE screening of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" (50-min Extended Edition), and other events!




The screening events will include the film "Through Our Eyes," and a presentation and Q&A with the director, Alyssa Huber. DVD copies will be available, and handmade sensory friendly jewelry.


Simply register using the links on my Events page. You can also RSVP to the Facebook events.


http://www.alyssahuberfilms.com/p/shop_77.html


"Through Our Eyes" Screening Events

APR 5th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Indian Trails Public Library (Informed Afternoons)
Date: Thursday, April 5th — 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Address: 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090 -- Main - Lake-Cook Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event

APR 7th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Messenger Public Library
Date: Saturday, April 7th — 2:00pm-4:30pm
Address: 113 Oak St, North Aurora, IL 60542 -- Main Meeting Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event


APR 19-21 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Autism Festival in Finland ~ Autismisäätiö
Date: Thursday, April 19th - Saturday, April 21st — [time not yet available]
Address: Kanavakatu 12, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Admission: FREE
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
The event will include the screening of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's," alongside other films.

Feel free to forward this post to anyone who may benefit from seeing this documentary. It has been a valuable resource for professionals, teachers, families and individuals on the autism spectrum.



Other Events for Autism Acceptance Month

Date: Saturday, April 14th — 11:00am-3:00pm
Address: 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Admission: FREE
"Sensory-Friendly" means this jewelry is lightweight, easy to wear, and non-irritating--an ideal gift for those with hypersensitivity associated with autism and Asperger's, or who find most jewelry difficult to wear. The iridescent mermaid scales are beautiful to look at, and the glitter calm bottle necklaces are fun to play with. They are great for stimming and calming anxiety. All pieces at the table are hand-crafted by Alyssa Huber, and all proceeds will support her transition to independent living. (More info on Alyssa's transition!)

APR 29th 2018 Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber (Autistic Gaming Initiative)
Join the conversation on all things Asperger's with Alyssa Huber, director/producer of the documentary "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's."

Topic: Autism Acceptance / Autism in the Media

Follow the Facebook Event for updates.


PREVIOUS TOPICS
Asperger's and Relationships
Asperger's and Financial Issues
Asperger's and Emotions
Asperger's and Coping with Change




Thanks, and I'll see you there!
~Alyssa

Texting Addiction - A Real Problem for Mental Health

Our all-too-common texting/messaging/checking addiction reminds me of Pavlov's Dogs. We might not salivate when we hear the *ding* of our phones, but like Pavlov's dogs, we anticipate a reward, which in turn drives us to check our messages.



Checking things (especially messages and notifications) is one of my OCD compulsions, so I have to be extra guarded against this loop because it can cause extreme anxiety.

Some of my solutions:


  1. Disabling all notifications! (Or at least sounds.) This includes texts, the Messenger app, my email, games, everything. If people REALLY need to reach me, they can call my phone.
  2. Making Facebook annoying to access on my smartphone. I can't quite block it, but I can remove my browser from my home screen and delete any bookmarks or "quick access" links related to Facebook. I also hacked my phone, deleted Google Chrome and downloaded an unbearably slow browser instead.
  3. FB Purity browser extension on desktop computer. I disable my newsfeed, pop-up notifications, ads, and anything that will set off that dopamine loop. If I want to know what someone's been up to, I go to their profile.
  4. Buying a flip phone as my main phone, and smartphone will be only for "free time." That way I can charge my smartphones in the other room overnight (having it next to my bed is a terrible idea)
My Facebook looks like this when I load it up...


Unsatisfying, right? But the idea behind it is to stop exhausting my brain's reward system. If I am really curious about something, I can search for it manually. It's much more rewarding that way, in my opinion, and much less overloading.

(I wish I could get rid of the notification badges on the top bar too, but the extension doesn't have that option unfortunately. 😞)

You can find the above video in my Mental Health Resources playlist on YouTube. I believe that managing smartphone addiction is important in improving one's mental health.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Help Alyssa and Matt Reunite! ♥ ~ GoFundMe Campaign

I hope my work has benefited you in some way. I never would have imagined "Through Our Eyes" becoming so widespread, but I'm thankful it did. It helped me discover the amazing autism community and meet so many great people. I know now I am not alone!

Now I need your help. I am longing for independence, to move out of my parents house and finally marry my fiancé
 Matt Rhodes. (Yes, the same Matt Rhodes from the film!) Please check out my GoFundMe campaign, share it with others, and donate if you can.




I am not usually one to ask for help or handouts, I believe in hard work and self-sufficiency. But the reality that I live with is that I cannot work-full time, and my government benefits are not enough to live off of. I work hard every day to advocate for the autism community, and take care of myself, but it does not support me enough financially.


My friends, family, and followers: you are dear to me and I am grateful for any support. Please share on social media to spread the word. :)


Share this link: https://www.gofundme.com/alyssa-matt-aspie-love


Thank you so much!! 
~Alyssa Huber

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

For Autism Awareness (Acceptance) Month, you can attend a FREE screening of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" (50-min Extended Edition).

The events will include the film screening, presentation, and Q&A with the director, Alyssa Huber. DVD copies will be available, and handmade sensory friendly jewelry.

Simply register using the links on my Events page. You can also RSVP to the Facebook events.


Here are the events!

APR 5th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Indian Trails Public Library (Informed Afternoons)
Date: Thursday, April 5th — 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Address: 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090 -- Main - Lake-Cook Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event

APR 7th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Messenger Public Library
Date: Saturday, April 7th — 2:00pm-4:30pm
Address: 113 Oak St, North Aurora, IL 60542 -- Main Meeting Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event


Feel free to forward this post to anyone who may benefit from seeing this documentary. It has been a valuable resource for professionals, teachers, families and individuals on the autism spectrum.


Other Events

MAR 2018 Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber (Autistic Gaming Initiative)
Join the conversation on all things Asperger's with Alyssa Huber, director/producer of the documentary "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's."

Date and topic not yet available; follow the Facebook Event for updates.

PREVIOUS TOPICS
Asperger's and Financial Issues
Asperger's and Emotions
Asperger's and Coping with Change




Thanks, and I'll see you there!
~Alyssa

Thursday, January 4, 2018

5 Ways to Love Yourself (Part 5) ~ Accept Your Thoughts


This is #5 and the final post in the series "5 Ways to Love Yourself."

Accept your thoughts, and work on the faulty ones.


Don’t be afraid of your thoughts. I know they can sometimes be strange or scary, or annoying and out of control. But it’ll be okay.

Listen to this simple song from Steven Universe (trust me on this), as it teaches the basics of Mindfulness.

P.S. I love Steven Universe.

Positive Response
A method I've tried in combating negative thoughts is to respond to each of them with a positive one. I'll admit I struggle to keep this up, and it’s easy to lost track of my thoughts due to OCD. But if I can catch them the moment I am aware of them, I can replace them with a positive affirmation (provided I have the energy to).

For example: a common negative though I have is “I’m too slow to keep up with anything” (or something like that, anyway). A positive response might be “I’m not slow, I’m detail-oriented.” It’s true, so I wouldn’t be lying to myself.

Mantras
Similar to positive responses, mantras are another great tool for rewiring the brain to think more positively. They don’t necessarily have to be tied to Yoga or religion, either. I recommend Google searching “mantras for ___” followed by whatever you want to re-enforce in your mind. For instance, I want to be successful in life, so I might search “mantras for success.”

Here are some mantras below, as an example. You can try any of these or find more by clicking here.

"Today, you are perfect."
“I deserve to be loved no matter what happens”
“Nothing can stop me today—I can only stop myself.”
"Commit. Succeed.”
"You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather."
"I am beautiful. I am strong. I am enough."
"I am grateful for all that is unfolding in my life and all that is yet to come."
"I am fulfilled. I am fearless."
"Less is more."
"What is my path to happiness?"

(I found these mantras in various places on the Internet)

Meditation and other types of therapy can be helpful, too. Relaxing activities such as Yoga or Qi Gong can increase your mind-body awareness, which in turn makes it easier to calm down when you find yourself tense or overthinking.


I personally love Qi Gong; I've attended a few class sessions and felt super tranquil afterwards.
My favorite moves are the arm movements at the beginning of this video, and "scooping the moon" or "Buddha holding up the earth."


Now that I've shared my thoughts in this series, I have something to admit.

I don't love myself.

I mean, I do, but I don't.

Constantly, I am battling negative thought patterns. I have OCD on top of Asperger's, which complicates everything. It's likely that I have a hormonal imbalance as well. Wherever the thoughts are coming from (I don't always like pinning it to one specific cause or disorder), they're always there. Of course, I do have some good days when I feel in control of it--but I know I will never be fully rid of them.

I've heard it said that OCD is like having a bully in your head. I couldn't agree more. In addition to OCD, I would apply that comparison to negative thought patterns as a whole. This "bully" tells me I'm too sensitive, overdramatic, inconsistent, unreliable, and useless.

Sometimes I'm tempted to shut down this blog. Sometimes I want to delete my Facebook, Twitter, and everything I have online. I think about disappearing virtually and physically (suicide ideation is common for me) because I perceive that I am only a nuisance, too hard to understand, and my efforts to earn my place in this world are fruitless.

The bully in my head screams often these louder than anything outside my own head, louder than the words of my loved ones, louder than a hug, and louder than the kindness others show me. But if I've learned anything, it's that truth can be found in silence and quiet voices. Today, that is what I choose to listen to. That is what I choose to re-enforce. They're telling me to stay, so I'm not going anywhere.



Grab a copy of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" (Special Edition 50 min version) for only $10! Discount expires soon (1/15/18)

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