About Stimey

Jean WinegardnerStimey is mom to Sam/Katie, born October 2001; Jack, born May 2003, and Quinn, born May 2005. Katie was originally referred to as Sam, but once she came out as transgender, she changed her name to Katie and is referred to as such from there on in. Stimey is married to Alex, who is an attorney. For a long (looooong) time, Stimey was a stay-at-home mom. She loves parenting her diverse kids. Among us we have all kinds of autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. And we’re awesome.

Stimey was diagnosed as autistic in early 2012. She is now the office manager for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Stimey enjoys reading, writing, zombies, Bob Dylan, and filling out forms. She is a runner. She also likes small, amusing rodents.

Stimey’s work has been published in the following anthologies:

BlogHer'12 Voices of the Year ebook Thinking Person's Guide to Autism Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
CS for the SFrom the Heartautistic girl book

Email Stimey at: stimeyland at gmail.com or follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Stimey. Stimeyland is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Stimeyland.

14 thoughts on “About Stimey

  1. My 21 yr. old autistic daughter LOVES your blog!
    She uses my computer when I’m sleepin’ and she ALWAYS has several pages from your blog she checks out. Last night was the first time I noticed her checkin’ out a story with autism in the title, “DCMM: Autistic Children Are Not Brats”. I don’t know if it was just the photo that got her attention, but thank you for your excellent blogging that keeps her occupied and learnin’!

  2. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s in ’94. I was 4 years old. Now I’m 23 since November. I like to read about autistic kids sometimes and am in one of those times now.

  3. Enjoyed meeting you at BlogHer Lunch on Friday! I look forward to reading and learning more about you.

  4. My, this was inspiring. I wanted to comment and let you know that I’m currently writing a play about autism, (I’m a senior in high school), and I’m going around asking moms for stories and words of advice for the play. Although these words are your own and I don’t plan on using them in my play, you’re still helping me to tell my story. I’ve noticed that medical definitions tell you something about autism, they’re merely one-layered and lack the humanity that stories like yours have. So I wanted to thank you for helping me in my creation of the mother character, who is just as important as the child himself. If I could ask one thing, would you mind helping in one small aspect of my play? I’m including a scene at the end that uses the names of real mothers that I’ve met through blogs and online, (with their permission of course), and a single word that they’d use to describe either autism itself, (from their own or their child’s perspective), or one word to describe their child. It’s an artsy approach that I wanted to include to illustrate the realness of these situations, regardless of the fact that the rest of the play was a made up story with made up characters, developed to tell a story. I thank you so much for your hope and for your bravery. I’ll remember you as I write my play and need motivation to make someone proud.

  5. Hi Stimey,
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  6. Thank you for writing this blog. I am a 38 year old male who strongly suspects that he is an Aspie and much of what you wrote on some of your blogs deeply resonated with me. I do not know if I will seek out a diagnosis or not, but I do know that I have been a little “off” for as long as I can remember. It has deeply and profoundly impacted my interactions with other people and I wish that I had known sooner, just as you do, so that maybe I could have learned to manage and cope better. I hope you keep blogging for a very long time. Thanks again, and keep fighting the good fight.

    • Thank *you* for this. I’m glad that you found something you need in my words. I hope you’re doing well. Take much care, friend.

  7. Hello there Stimey, I was referred here from a post on my Aspie parenting blog. It’s always exciting to discover another Spectrum parent like me! Thank you for sharing your stories with others so we feel less alone and gain understanding of the unique experience that is ASD.

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