For me, receiving my autism diagnosis at age 24 was a euphoric sense of relief. I was happy and finally on the path to discovering my authentic self. I thought that my diagnosis would only be a positive thing. Although this is true for me most of the time, but I can’t help thinking whatContinue reading “Grief Post Diagnosis: How Do #ActuallyAutistic People Feel About This?”
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Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?
Recently a study was published where three researchers (Dr Suzanne Macar, Dr Angelina Vernetti and Dr Katarzyna Chawarska) at Yale did an experiment where they aimed to scare both autistic and neurotypical children, trying to establish a link between distress and autism in early childhood, while suggesting it may impact ‘emerging affective and behavioural symptoms.’ Continue reading “Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?”
The Neurodivergent Tax; Beyond Just ADHD?
Some of you may be familiar with the concept of the ADHD tax. ADHDers have extra expenses due to their condition. E.g. I’m always buying new umbrellas because I can’t remember where I put it! (this happens to me every winter multiple times). However, I feel that this concept could be extended beyond just ADHD.Continue reading “The Neurodivergent Tax; Beyond Just ADHD?”
Sia, Life Updates and Christmas Shopping!
Hey, everyone, the last few days has been a bit crazy (both on and off Twitter), so I thought for today’s blog I’d do a little life update with what’s been going on. Sia I don’t think I need to repeat how many autistic people feel about Sia’s new film ‘Music’. I was disappointed thatContinue reading “Sia, Life Updates and Christmas Shopping!”
Yes My Autism Does Define Me
This is a post I’ve meant to write for a while, but now seems the right time to share it. You hear a lot of ‘Your disability doesn’t define you’ and ‘You’re more than just your autism.’ An outsider might see that as a compliment, but it doesn’t reflect my lived experience. The thing isContinue reading “Yes My Autism Does Define Me”
Openly Autistic, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
To be openly autistic or not to be openly autistic, that is the question, and there is no easy answer. I decided to be opening autistic as masking regularly was slowly destroying me, and I craved to live more authentically. However, the fact that I have a choice to mask or not is a privilegeContinue reading “Openly Autistic, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Autistic Psycholgoy Students, We Want To Here From You!
Hello, Hayley Edwards (@Hayley_TEP) and myself have noticed the number of autistic people who’ve had negative experiences studying psychology. To better understand what people have experienced, we are currently doing a survey to help make positive changes in the UK. If you are: -Autistic -Have studied psychology at any level (From GCSE to Doctorate) -HaveContinue reading “Autistic Psycholgoy Students, We Want To Here From You!”
Why can Job interviews be so challenging for autistic people?
We may not give standard or expected answers. Usually, in job interviews, the interviewers will already have some idea of what type of answers they are looking for when asking their questions. However, an autistic person may provide an entirely valid answer, but is not appreciated or misunderstood by the interviewer. Additionally, the interviewer mayContinue reading “Why can Job interviews be so challenging for autistic people?”
The worst part about being an autistic psychology student by Gemma Short
Hello everyone, please read the following post by Gemma Short. It highlights how badly autism can be respresented in academia. The other day I posted a tweet, which was pretty random and just simply venting a feeling that i’ve had for a while. It read: “Honestly one of the … The worst part about beingContinue reading “The worst part about being an autistic psychology student by Gemma Short”
An Autistic’s Guide to getting a COVID test
If you follow me on twitter, then you may be aware of the COVID scare I had last week which invovled two COVID tests (thankfully, I don’t have COVID). Based on my experinces I decided to share what it’s like, so that other autistic people have some idea of what to expect if they needContinue reading “An Autistic’s Guide to getting a COVID test”