I’m Sarah, and I became a neurodiversity advocate in 2019 when I discovered my autism at the age of 24 and my ADHD the year after. I realised that many aren’t aware of their neurodivergent until adulthood (if at all), struggle fitting into a neurotypical world and understanding why. I felt a need to help understanding so that people could discover their own neurodivergence and neurotypical people could learn the best ways to support us. Since then, I have written blog posts, shared my experiences on social media, disused neurodiversity in the media and now work in the field supporting neurodivergent people.
Recent blog posts!
Before I knew I was autistic, I was only observing autism. This may seem like an odd thing to say as I’ve always been autistic, but I was masking 24/7, and my internalised ableism at the time meant I was viewing everything through a neurotypical lens as the “right” way to experience the world. IContinue reading “Observing autism vs being autistic: it’s not the same”
Within minutes of the spectrum 10K announcements, it’s has been an emotional rollercoaster for many of us, with many twists and turns in the last few weeks. Like many other autistic, I’m exhausted. Also, a lot has been going on in my everyday life too. I’ve increased my work hours in one role and gainedContinue reading “Spectrum 10k paused. Good? Bad? Let’s break it down. ￼”
Click here to read my initial article “The Dangers of Spectrum 10K”. The last two weeks have been challenging and emotionally draining for the autistic community since the announcement of Spectrum 10K. There has been an intense backlash, and last night the lead researcher, Simon Baron-Cohen, released a statement claiming to address our concerns. SoContinue reading “Why I still don’t trust Spectrum 10K”