Why I still don’t trust Spectrum 10K

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”

The Dangers of Spectrum 10K

It was just an average Tuesday morning while I browsed through my Twitter feed when I came across the glossy brand Spectrum 10k research project. At first glance, it may seem harmless to your average member of the public, who may think it’s a good thing. However, as an autistic person advocating for acceptance, thisContinue reading “The Dangers of Spectrum 10K”

A tragic epidemic or human super power? What has autism got to do with it?

If you’re a general member of the public and have only come across the word autism in the media, you’ve likely read that autism is the worst tragedy that could happen to your child, and they will have no quality of life. Or that we all have savant-like abilities and will advance the human raceContinue reading “A tragic epidemic or human super power? What has autism got to do with it?”

Autism, murder and misogyny, WTF going on?

TW: Murder, terrorism, extremism  To say autistic Twitter the last few days has been wild would be a massive understatement. The media and others were trying to link the Plymouth shooting with autism. Many pushed the narrative that lonely autistic boys get all incels, leading some to commit mass murder and terrorism. There is noContinue reading “Autism, murder and misogyny, WTF going on?”

Is the new autism strategy any good?

For the full strategy, please click here If you’re based in the England, you may be aware of ‘The National Strategy For Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021 to 2026.’ Basically, it’s the government’s plan to make our (autistic) lives better for the next 5 years and address the barriers we experience. The bigContinue reading “Is the new autism strategy any good?”

Things that I thought were social anxiety but turned out to be autism

I‘d plan out social situations in advance, so I didn’t mess them up. /1  I pretended to be somebody else whenever I was around other people for my safety /2  Not knowing when to join conversations and by the time you’re about to contribute, the conversation has moved on. /3  Laughing along to fit in socially without actuallyContinue reading “Things that I thought were social anxiety but turned out to be autism”

Why I view my neurodivergence as a disability

If you have been following me on social media for a while, you probably think I see my multiple forms of neurodivergence as a positive thing. That would be correct, but that doesn’t mean I still experience challenges living in this neurotypical world. Although I don’t view myself as deficient, I do consider myself disabled.Continue reading “Why I view my neurodivergence as a disability”

Prison or school, Can you spot the difference?

Rarely a day goes by on Twitter without people kicking off about something. Sometimes it’s pointless, but today’s topic is something that’s worth discussing. Before saying anything further, I want you to read the screenshot below.  Obviously, it’s a school, but I couldn’t help thinking that an institution that strives to control anybody to thisContinue reading “Prison or school, Can you spot the difference?”

Why travelling solo is liberating for me as an autistic

One thing I’ve been fortunate enough to do is to travel, and in my late teens, I discovered the joys of travelling by myself rather than with a group of people. I was talking about this recently, and many autistic people were interested, so I thought I’d write my next blog post about it.  WithContinue reading “Why travelling solo is liberating for me as an autistic”