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Name: Nick Argall
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: Chinese Medicine, Eastern Philosophy, Shamanism, Mental Health, Acting, Writing, Stand-up comedy
Year of birth: 1975
Profession, area of study, etc: Chinese medicine student. Looking to continue to a PhD on treatment for developmental disorders
Where you live in the world: Melbourne (Australia)
Marital status, # of kids etc.: Separated (Divorce due late 2004), 2 kids, 1 with autism traits
Personal webpage url: http://www.livejournal.com/users/laochbran
I don't like having my picture taken, and I don't like showing it to people either. However, if I become rich and famous with the acting and writing and whatnot, I'll be glad I did this. And maybe people from alt.support.autism wonder what I look like. Although that seems unlikely. Picture is of me at my mother's funeral, where I told jokes (and got laughs). I need to find some sort of job where I can be paid to make inappropriate comments...
I plead guilty to 'not really being autistic'. My diagnosis is Personality Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (with a high degree of somatization and some developmental characteristics similar to autism). I'm willing to bet that if I went to see Attwood I could get "Residual AS in an adult" instead, but I'm not willing to pay his fee to find out. I care about the welfare of autistics generally, and I want to find ways to help them exist in society more happily and easily (and actually in society, even if they're at the edge and not talking to everybody all the time). I think the main ways this will happen are with better and more appropriate medical care, and with some changes in society that maybe I'll be able to work towards through the comedy.