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.
A week or so ago, I ended up discussing an old special interest with my dad—history. I’d completely forgotten this was a thing, even though it’s probably the longest standing special interest I’ve had to date, until my dad reminded me how much I used to throw information about complex subjects at people like it […]
The other day, 26th of January, marked two years since I was officially rushed through the diagnostic process on a boat of cancellations to receive a diagnosis in September of that year. That’s even quicker than I remember it being, but the process makes it seem like it a lot longer.
“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 last thing I see it as. The observation isn’t exactly […]
Although it isn’t something I’m asked about when someone initially finds out I’m autistic, I’ve definitely been asked a few times about how I celebrate big celebratory events like Christmases and birthdays
According to statistics published by the National Autistic Society, 95% of people have heard of or about autism before. I can say with quite confidently that the amount of people who actually understand this disorder is much lower. That made me want to write this post, about autism misconceptions I hear on a daily basis.
On September 23rd 2015 at around 11 in the morning, I was officially diagnosed with autism.
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?”
This blog post idea came to me after Casualty and Holby City, two of my favourite hospital-based dramas, decided to cast autistic characters in episodes of their shows. I also spoke with a few college friends about my opinion after both these episodes had aired and realized how much my opinion differed from others, so […]