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 under a rock, I’m sure you’ll have seen pictures of […]
I’m sure I’m not the only autistic person who has thought about the things I love about my condition in the past. Sometimes these reasons are hidden behind negative things because of what I’ve read online, but they’re still there, deep down. Yes, it’s important to remember that autism is a disability, but when there’s […]
Most people will know that April has been coined Autism Awareness Month, where social media is overwhelmed with people spreading facts about autism. However, in recent years, a lot of people have started to question whether raising awareness alone is enough. When you consider that 95.5% of people already know what autism is, it’s understandable […]
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 may be autistic themselves, may not know what it means. […]
The Light It Up Blue campaign takes place during Autism Awareness Month in April, year after year without fail. With it, along come the damaging campaigns that hide behind autism to drive their own, less-than-admirable motives. You might not have heard of it before, or the negative connotations behind it, so let me get you […]
I think a lot of the assumptions made in regards to autistic people comes with a phrase often used by neurotypical people, which is “suffering from autism”. For me and many others, this simply isn’t the case. I don’t suffer from my autism in the slightest.
One of the first questions I asked myself after I received my autism diagnosis was, “Wait, so I have this thing, but what actually is it?”
It’s hard to understand why we even need awareness anyway, when a 2015 survey by the National Autistic Society revealed that 99.5% of people in the UK had already heard of autism.