This is how I see the world!
                                           About Me
                   My name is Phillip Scott Vineyard.
Andy Lee Vineyard is my nick name and it's the name I go by now.
                (I never did like the name Phillip or Scott)

I am 44 years old.
I was born upside down At 6:06 A.M on Monday the 18th of June
in the year 1973

I am diagnosed with 'Muscular Dystrophy', 'Autism', 'Epilepsy', and
some 'Other stuff'.
Religious View: Christian.
Political View: Independent Party.

I am Interested In: Women. But I am Asexual

(An asexual is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Many asexual people experience attraction, but feel no need to act out that attraction sexually.) - I do experience attraction to Women but just not sexual attraction to no one at all.
It's just not there and never have been.
It’s not something I choose to be, it’s something I was born as.

City's that I have lived in.

Atchison, Kansas. 1973 to February 1988
Wichita, Kansas from February 1988 to May of 1990
Atchison, Kansas  from May of 1990 to October 1994
Hiawatha, Kansas from October 1994 to October 1995
Atchison, Kansas from October 1995 to November 27th 1999
Saint Joseph, Missouri from November 27th 1999 to late September of 2007
Now Leavenworth, Kansas from late September 2007 to --

(Note: Site last updated January 15th 2018)


                   On Friday February 17th 2012 I lost my voice due to seizure
To this day I am still non verbal.

                   I am having lots of Simple partial seizures.
                   The ones that just affect only a small region of the brain and not all of it.

And the part that it's happening in is the part that controls speech.
                                   (Update: My Voice is back)

Often, people do not understand the frustration level of a non-verbal person. Well, imagine that you visit a country where you are unable to communicate with people in their own language. Wouldn’t you feel frustrated after a while? Now, imagine how it would feel to live like this every day!

I was diagnosed by A Psychiatrist who specializes in autism in May of 1988
The 1st Autism test was in May of 1988 at the age of 14
(The last professional I seen in 2010 had a copy of my old 1988 autism test results.)
I was tested with the DSM III-R. in 1988 and I got '14' out of '16' on that test and I  just had to have a total of '8' for the diagnostic criteria for autistic disorder. I got all '5' items under group 'A' / '5' of 6 under 'B' / and '4' of 5 under 'C'

The 2nd autism test in 2009 was 'Deleted' due to errors.

The 3rd autism test in 2010 with the DSM IV and says that I am diagnosed with having 'moderate autism.' I got '10' out of '12'. on that test and I just had to have a total of "6' for the diagnostic criteria for autism. I got '3' out of 4 items under group 'A' / '3' of 4 under 'B' / And all '4' under 'C'
Note: On the new DSM-5 I be a 'level 2' moderate autism. (This is due to the 2010 test. and the way it works going from the old DSM IV to the new DSM-5.) (The DSM-5 says all proper previous diagnosis carry over.)
If you do not know what your looking for you may never know that I do have autism. Some of the problems that I have with autism is what you can 'not' see.
"Just see the world from my eyes and live my life for a day in my shoes."

On top of having autism. I have 'Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy' (LGMD), 'Epilepsy', very severe 'Spinal Cord Problems', 'Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus' (NPH), and other stuff that go's with all that. I have now been in a power wheelchair from November 30th 1999 at the age of 26.
The 1988 autism test some how was put under the rug. My parents and I did not know that I was tested for autism in 1988.
But I was having a lot of test for stuff all the time as a kid. So this one some how got by with no one knowing. (I say some one back at that time was not doing there job.)
But it shows up in 2009 out of the blue.
From February of 1988 to May of 1989
I was in a place for children with special needs in Wichita, Kansas. And I seen it all their. From every disability's their was.
I was there for a 'unknown muscular disorder' that happen to be 'Muscular Dystrophy' (MD), and 'unknown and very funny behaviors', 'very bad tantrums', 'Not establish friendships with children at my same age', 'Lack of interest' in a lot of stuff but had very 'funny interest'. 'Lack or very low empathy', 'bad Stereotyped' and 'repetitive use of language'. 'Not under standing someones perspective', 'Very big time behavior' and 'learning problems' in School and at home, 'Stereotyped behaviors', 'Bad nonverbal communication skills', 'Some Communicating problems', and 'lots' of other stuff.
(Note: I got this info off some of my old medical records.)
And at that time (1988) I was in the custody of the Kansas SRS. 'Social Rehabilitation Services'  By the request of my parents to help pay for all the help I needed at that time. It was sad they had to do it this way.  But my parents loved me, and had to do what loving parents had to do to get me the help I needed at that time.
I did see some kids with autism there. But I did not understand what it was. and what I seen was the kids with profound autism. So to me at that time that is what autism was like.
What I did not know that their was other kids that had autism there that did not have it that profound like what I was seeing.  But me thinking that the bad profound part I seen at that time of autism was all what autism was like. At that time I was a kid and 'Kids go by of what they see.'
So I did not know what autism was like. Just what I seen back in them days. I know a lot of people did not know back in them days what autism was. But some one I seen had to know that I had it and that is why I was tested back at that time. But to hide it from my parents and I all this time was just plain wrong.

So up to 2009 I never did know and think I had autism. I did know I was not like other people at all. I did know I was in a world of my own at times. I was in a world of my own a lot more as a kid and a lot of other stuff.
But autism never did come to my mind at all. It never did come to my parents mind. I have seen a lot of professionals after that 1988 test and none that I know of may have seen it. Maybe that is due to the professionals I seen was not professionals that know what autism was.
At the end of autism retesting #3 in 2010. The last professional let me know that he seen that I had autism in less then 5 minutes of coming in to his office.
But he has been trained to diagnose autism for the last 25 years. So I never did question him.

So what is Autism?

From Autism speaks

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. Autism Speaks urges parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life.[6] These signs often develop gradually, though some children with autism reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress.[7] The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent in early childhood, typically before age three.[8]

Autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.[2] Some cases are strongly associated with certain infections during pregnancy including rubella and use of alcohol or cocaine.[9] Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes;[10] for example the vaccine hypotheses, which have been disproven. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.[11] In the DSM V, autism is included within the autism spectrum (ASDs), as is Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which was diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome were not met.[8][12]

Early speech or behavioral interventions can help children with autism gain self-care, social, and communication skills.[4] Although there is no known cure,[4] there have been reported cases of children who recovered.[13] Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful.[14] An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.[15]

Globally, autism is estimated to affect 24.8 million people as of 2015.[5] As of 2010, the number of people affected is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 worldwide. It occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with ASD as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012.[16][17][18] The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%.[19] The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice;[18] the question of whether actual rates have increased is unresolved.[20]

Other Autism Websites.

Autism There's no "typical." No portrait to paint. No two who are alike. Like snow flakes, they resemble, yet remain unique. Therein lies the challenge for parents, patients, and physicians.

    Support Autism Awareness     

  A simulation of what it's like to walk down a street when you have Autism.

     Do note this Video is not made by me. But it was made by some one with Autism.

The 1st part of this Video is how a Neurotypical (NT) person is seeing and hearing things as they are walking down the street. The 2nd part of the Video is how some one with Autism maybe seeing and hearing things as they are walking down the street. Not every one with Autism will hear and see like that as there going down the street.

Now as for me if I was to make a Video of what It's like for me going down a street.  You will see all what you did see in the 2nd part of that Video. But it not be so bright for me  maybe 80 to 85% of what you seen in that part of the Video of the bright lights. As for the noises from the cars and all that 125 to 150% more louder for me. But for you to 100% understand what it is like for me you have to be in my shoes for a day.

The 1st part of that Video is not what I see and hear as I am going down the street at all. I can see Video just like every one can so I am seeing the 1st part of that Video with the NT person going down the street just like you are seeing it in that Video. It's funny how the brain works. Looking at a Video and going down a street is not using the same part of the brain and that is why.

Do read my other pages the links are below and on the top.
Do Note: This website did take a a very long time to make. But I did in on my own. and I did the best I can do with the skills I have. It did take all I had to make it. But I am happy I did. To read why it did take me a long time and why making this website was not very easy for me to make please read my 2nd page called. How I Think
Andy Vineyard