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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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.