“Hating autism” and the damage it does

If this article challenges you, it may be a good thing. I’d encourage people to read this with an open mind, even if your instincts are telling you to oppose it.   I used to have a love/hate relation...

Navigating the autism diagnosis journey as an adult

More and more adults are coming to realise that they’re on the autism spectrum. Sometimes the possibility of autism is suggested to them by a friend, sometimes a family member, and sometimes the realisation com...

I just found out I’m autistic. What do I do now?

When I first found out I was autistic, I didn’t take it well. (Spoiler alert- things have changed a lot since then.)   I remember my conflicting response to having the news broken to me: the cross be...

50 Pretty Big Facts About Autism

After this album of pictures got over 3,000 shares on Autistic Not Weird's Facebook page , I thought I'd upload them all here for your viewing pleasure! For those who are seeing these for the first time, I h...

How to Raise ACTUAL Autism Awareness

Remember when we all changed our profile pictures to ribbons, and it cured cancer? No, me neither.     The phrase “raising awareness” gets banded around on the internet a lot these days. I...

I’m ever so sorry. I really DON’T look autistic.

*DANGER- this article contains enormous doses of sarcasm, irony, and may contain nuts.* I know we’re not supposed to judge people by their appearances. But people tend to make exceptions for autistic people....

Anger and growing up: ten tips to beat it

Some years ago, I smashed up our family’s shower head because it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Looking back, I probably should have dealt with it better. Impulses do have their uses- if you need to jump out of...