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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
It’s hard to understand why we even need awareness anyway, when a 2015 survey by the National Autistic Society revealed that 99.5% of people in the UK had already heard of autism.