I’ve wanted to write a post about self-stimulatory behaviour and stim-related toys for a while now, and the latest crazes have offered me the perfect opportunity. What are these crazes, you ask? The spinner toy and the fidget cube, of course! Unless you’ve been living […]
I’ve often thought about why I love being autistic. When so many people focus on the bad sides of this condition, why am I so happy about it? I guess the simple answer is that this is me. I can love myself or hate myself, […]
April is known as Autism Awareness Month, but for some people, it goes by another name—‘Autism Acceptance Month’. Some people believe April is about much more than making people aware of what autism is. When 95.5% of people in England are already aware of autism, […]
I feel like most people have an understanding of what autistic meltdowns are. Autistic shutdown is a relatively new phrase, though, so I feel like a lot less people know what they are. Even people who may be close to an autistic person, or who […]
Today marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, and with it comes campaigns which hide behind autism to portray their own damaging motives. For that reason, I refuse to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. You might be confused by that statement, considering that […]
Something I’ve learnt more and more about since getting more involved with the autism community is that late diagnosis’ aren’t uncommon. I’m a part of this—diagnosed three days after my seventeenth birthday, much later than the average diagnosis age of 5 in the UK.
“But you’re not that autistic, are you?” This is something people say to me all the time. I think it’s supposed to be received as a compliment from people who don’t understand that being disabled isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a compliment is the […]