30 translations for people who struggle with hints
Dec26

30 translations for people who struggle with hints

Disclaimer: this article contains a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour that’s not to be taken seriously. And if I know anything about the internet, there are people out there who will take this tongue-in-cheek humour the wrong way. Readers are advised to concentrate on enjoying the article, rather than seeing it as a judgemental critique of humankind!   If you’re anything like me- particularly the bit about being on the autism...

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How I put anxiety in its place
Oct19

How I put anxiety in its place

This article’s been a long time coming. And it’s not just for autistic people.   When I wrote the growing up advice article, I wrote it while looking back at how I grew up. When I wrote the bullying article, I wrote it while looking back at when I was bullied. When I wrote the article on how I learned leadership skills, that was definitely looking back.   But this time, I’m doing something different. I’m writing this right...

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I ran an autism survey. The results? Quite revealing.
Oct10

I ran an autism survey. The results? Quite revealing.

Here it is- the most laborious article I have ever written. But also an important one. There are a lot of clichés that go around about autistic people or families affected by autism. Some of these include the following which I have heard plenty of times: “Autistic people are good at maths.” “Most autistic people don’t want a cure, but their parents do.” “Autistic people prefer the phrase...

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If you could teach people one thing about autism, what would it be?
Oct05

If you could teach people one thing about autism, what would it be?

Last month I ran an autism survey, inviting anyone associated with autism to fill out: whether they were autistic, cared for someone with autism, or cared about someone with autism. It unexpectedly got 477 responses.   (Edit- the data analysis is finished! The results can be found in this article: “I ran an autism survey. The results? Quite revealing.”) I’m still going through the data, and it’s both arduous and...

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200 things to love about life
Sep28

200 things to love about life

Occasionally, people ask me how I recovered from the depression and anxiety I suffered up until last year.   Perhaps I’ll write a full article about it one day. (Edit- since writing this, I actually did.) But the short answer was two very important things: Knowing that even if my own life sucked a bit, life itself was still beautiful. Finding a ton of tiny but beautiful things about life I appreciated, and clinging onto them....

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Conversations with my younger autistic selves
Sep14

Conversations with my younger autistic selves

Warning: this article made a few of my friends cry. In a good way, thankfully.   Today is my thirtieth birthday. And, since I’m the oldest in my group of friends by a few months, they all insist that I’m getting old. I’m not going to pretend that they’re right. I’m not even halfway to being dead (God willing).   But I do have a lot to look back on. One of the only advantages about having no job stability is that it means...

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Working abroad with Asperger’s: 10 life lessons I learned from Kindercamp
Aug31

Working abroad with Asperger’s: 10 life lessons I learned from Kindercamp

People often ask each other where their ‘second home’ is. When I tell them that mine is the Jugendgruppenzeltplatz on Falckensteinerstrand, they look at me funny. This is Kindercamp– a watersports camp run by the German Methodist Church. It serves up to 80 children each year (followed immediately by Jugendcamp for 60 teenagers), teaching them surfing, sailing, kayaking and more in a caring Christian environment; camped on a...

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Why do autistic people struggle with ‘inappropriate’?
Jul24

Why do autistic people struggle with ‘inappropriate’?

Ah, inappropriate. My least favourite word in the whole of the English language. But the English language has over a million words. Why do I hate that one so much? (Especially since it’s used 29 times in this article?) Because I just don’t get it. And of course, plenty of other autistic people struggle too. On Autistic not Weird’s Facebook page [all links open in new windows] I asked people if they were willing to share some of their...

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The labelling issue, by a ‘mildly autistic’ ‘high-functioning’ ‘person with Asperger Syndrome’
Jul01

The labelling issue, by a ‘mildly autistic’ ‘high-functioning’ ‘person with Asperger Syndrome’

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?   Don’t bother answering. It’s a stupid question and we all know it. (Although for the record, as a child I always used “indescribable”. Because I was a smartypants.) But it’s surprising how quickly some people take the word “autistic” and apply it as a valid description of a child (or adult), with no extra words necessary. Some people are “autistic”, and apparently...

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Asperger’s versus the Bullies: 8 Important Tips for Coping with Bullying
Jun22

Asperger’s versus the Bullies: 8 Important Tips for Coping with Bullying

This may turn out to be the most important article I have ever written. And it may not be light reading: powerful subjects need powerful words. Teenagers, this one’s for you again. The story of Kennedy, sadly, is not a unique one.   Kennedy LeRoy, a 16-year-old student from Chino Hills, California, had Asperger Syndrome and suffered from bullying. He was an extremely compassionate young man who loved helping other people....

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