Grief Post Diagnosis: How Do #ActuallyAutistic People Feel About This?

For me, receiving my autism diagnosis at age 24 was a euphoric sense of relief. I was happy and finally on the path to discovering my authentic self. I thought that my diagnosis would only be a positive thing. Although this is true for me most of the time, but I can’t help thinking whatContinue reading “Grief Post Diagnosis: How Do #ActuallyAutistic People Feel About This?”

Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?

Recently a study was published where three researchers (Dr Suzanne Macar, Dr Angelina Vernetti and Dr Katarzyna Chawarska) at Yale did an experiment where they aimed to scare both autistic and neurotypical children, trying to establish a link between distress and autism in early childhood, while suggesting it may impact ‘emerging affective and behavioural symptoms.’ Continue reading “Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?”

Sia, Life Updates and Christmas Shopping!

Hey, everyone, the last few days has been a bit crazy (both on and off Twitter), so I thought for today’s blog I’d do a little life update with what’s been going on.  Sia  I don’t think I need to repeat how many autistic people feel about Sia’s new film ‘Music’. I was disappointed thatContinue reading “Sia, Life Updates and Christmas Shopping!”

Yes My Autism Does Define Me

This is a post I’ve meant to write for a while, but now seems the right time to share it.  You hear a lot of ‘Your disability doesn’t define you’ and ‘You’re more than just your autism.’  An outsider might see that as a compliment, but it doesn’t reflect my lived experience.  The thing isContinue reading “Yes My Autism Does Define Me”

Openly Autistic, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

To be openly autistic or not to be openly autistic, that is the question, and there is no easy answer. I decided to be opening autistic as masking regularly was slowly destroying me, and I craved to live more authentically. However, the fact that I have a choice to mask or not is a privilegeContinue reading “Openly Autistic, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Autistic Psycholgoy Students, We Want To Here From You!

Hello, Hayley Edwards (@Hayley_TEP) and myself have noticed the number of autistic people who’ve had negative experiences studying psychology. To better understand what people have experienced, we are currently doing a survey to help make positive changes in the UK. If you are: -Autistic -Have studied psychology at any level (From GCSE to Doctorate) -HaveContinue reading “Autistic Psycholgoy Students, We Want To Here From You!”

Why can Job interviews be so challenging for autistic people?

We may not give standard or expected answers. Usually, in job interviews, the interviewers will already have some idea of what type of answers they are looking for when asking their questions. However, an autistic person may provide an entirely valid answer, but is not appreciated or misunderstood by the interviewer. Additionally, the interviewer mayContinue reading “Why can Job interviews be so challenging for autistic people?”

The worst part about being an autistic psychology student by Gemma Short

Hello everyone, please read the following post by Gemma Short. It highlights how badly autism can be respresented in academia. The other day I posted a tweet, which was pretty random and just simply venting a feeling that i’ve had for a while. It read: “Honestly one of the … The worst part about beingContinue reading “The worst part about being an autistic psychology student by Gemma Short”

To My Grandmother Who Never Got Her Diagnosis

Starting the day with a grapefruit for breakfast, and ending it with a glass of Sherry without fail. They blamed your emotional responses on a physical health condition. I now understand them as your responses to an overwhelming world. You didn’t understand why you experienced social isolation. This was because the world didn’t understand howContinue reading “To My Grandmother Who Never Got Her Diagnosis”