If you haven’t heard of it before, ableism is a term used to describe discrimination or social prejudice against disabled people. It involves treating someone unfairly because of characteristics that directly relate to their disability. You might be thinking it sounds similar to other things, like sexism and racism, and that’s because it is similar. The […]
September 23rd 2017 marks two years since I received my official autism diagnosis, and my life changed completely. This may seem like a small event for some people, but it’s one of the most important dates of the year for me. In the first year following my autism diagnosis, I focused a lot on learning […]
I recently posted a tweet about the difficulty of developing a distinctive fashion sense because I’m autistic. On the one hand, I want to look good in the latest trends, but my comfort must come first. I got a few responses from autistic people who felt similar, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to go […]
My disability is a big part of my identity. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that already. If not, don’t worry; you don’t have to stick around for long to realise just how open I am about it. When I have a whole category dedicated towards my disability, autism, […]
At seventeen years old, you could consider me years away from childhood when I received my autism diagnosis. A common misconception about people who receive a late diagnosis is that we avoided the struggles that a lot of autistic people who were diagnosed at a younger age received. I’ve looked back at my own childhood […]
If you’ve visited my blog before, chances are you’ve seen a post or two of mine about autism. With that said, it would be fair to say that this is nowhere near the first post I’ve written about my disability, although perhaps it should’ve been. It didn’t occur to me until someone mentioned it that […]
In the last few days, articles about an NHS plan to reduce the number of people receiving autism diagnosis’ has been circulating the internet. It says that diagnosis’ will be reserved for the ‘most severe cases’, or cases where other conditions, such as depression, have been identified. It’s worth mentioning that, at the moment, this […]
If you’ve heard of autism, you’ve heard of autistic meltdowns. They’re often the part of autism that people mistake for being ‘bad behaviour’, even though that couldn’t be anything further from the truth. However, if you’ve heard of autism, you probably haven’t heard of autism shutdowns. It’s a relatively new phrase used in the autistic community […]
For autistic people, change can be incredibly unnerving and stressful. That isn’t to say that neurotypical people don’t have problems with stress, too, but from what I understand, it’s on a completely different level for autistic people.
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.