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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]