The shops are full of last-minute advent calendars, and carols blare out in pubs; Starbucks has its red cups, and lights are outside the neighbour’s house. Christmas must be finally around the corner. Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward the almost ritualistic rigmarole of wrapping gifts, decorating the tree, spotting the […]
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.
“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 […]