A tragic epidemic or human super power? What has autism got to do with it?

If you’re a general member of the public and have only come across the word autism in the media, you’ve likely read that autism is the worst tragedy that could happen to your child, and they will have no quality of life. Or that we all have savant-like abilities and will advance the human raceContinue reading “A tragic epidemic or human super power? What has autism got to do with it?”

Autism, murder and misogyny, WTF going on?

TW: Murder, terrorism, extremism  To say autistic Twitter the last few days has been wild would be a massive understatement. The media and others were trying to link the Plymouth shooting with autism. Many pushed the narrative that lonely autistic boys get all incels, leading some to commit mass murder and terrorism. There is noContinue reading “Autism, murder and misogyny, WTF going on?”

Is the new autism strategy any good?

For the full strategy, please click here If you’re based in the England, you may be aware of ‘The National Strategy For Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021 to 2026.’ Basically, it’s the government’s plan to make our (autistic) lives better for the next 5 years and address the barriers we experience. The bigContinue reading “Is the new autism strategy any good?”

Things that I thought were social anxiety but turned out to be autism

I‘d plan out social situations in advance, so I didn’t mess them up. /1  I pretended to be somebody else whenever I was around other people for my safety /2  Not knowing when to join conversations and by the time you’re about to contribute, the conversation has moved on. /3  Laughing along to fit in socially without actuallyContinue reading “Things that I thought were social anxiety but turned out to be autism”

Why I view my neurodivergence as a disability

If you have been following me on social media for a while, you probably think I see my multiple forms of neurodivergence as a positive thing. That would be correct, but that doesn’t mean I still experience challenges living in this neurotypical world. Although I don’t view myself as deficient, I do consider myself disabled.Continue reading “Why I view my neurodivergence as a disability”

Prison or school, Can you spot the difference?

Rarely a day goes by on Twitter without people kicking off about something. Sometimes it’s pointless, but today’s topic is something that’s worth discussing. Before saying anything further, I want you to read the screenshot below.  Obviously, it’s a school, but I couldn’t help thinking that an institution that strives to control anybody to thisContinue reading “Prison or school, Can you spot the difference?”

Why travelling solo is liberating for me as an autistic

One thing I’ve been fortunate enough to do is to travel, and in my late teens, I discovered the joys of travelling by myself rather than with a group of people. I was talking about this recently, and many autistic people were interested, so I thought I’d write my next blog post about it.  WithContinue reading “Why travelling solo is liberating for me as an autistic”

Does society violate autistic people’s human rights?

I know this controversial title, but I wouldn’t be writing this statement if I didn’t think it had any credibility, but sadly, I think it does.  Now I’ve talked a lot about my experiences before, and I’ve had many other conversations with autistics about the injustices they’ve experienced due to society not understanding their autism.Continue reading “Does society violate autistic people’s human rights?”

Autism, ARFID and my relationship with food

TW: Eating disorder  Intro  My relationship with food has always been complicated, and my autism is undoubtedly part of why very few, including professionals, struggle to understand why. This post is a topic I’m particularly cautious about writing publicly as I have faced so much stigma, judgement, and ableism regarding my diet. However, it’s anContinue reading “Autism, ARFID and my relationship with food”