I decided to make this site more accessible, by building one single page that holds a link to each and every article. So, here it is: every article available on Autistic Not Weird.
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Information about autism / Asperger Syndrome
One of my very early articles, with 227,000 views at time of writing.
Written specifically for those who have recently realised (or been told) they’re on the spectrum.
From dinosaurs to Sonic the Hedgehog, how my interests have helped me become who I am.
It’s more than just changing our profile pictures. (The article that preceded the set of talks I gave at the 2017 Autism Shows.)
Talking about the struggles is important, but we need to avoid being problematic when doing so.
Ironically, this contains helpful tips for non-autistic people about how to socialise.
Painful to write, but important.
Often the odds are against us in the employment world. Here’s some advice on how to navigate it.
In my opinion, one of the trickiest issues in the book.
Insight with a load of funny stories attached.
Because most situations are made better through laughter.
You’d be amazed at how many phrases we think are literal, but aren’t.
An article containing all fifty awareness images, made and shared to Facebook on World Autism Awareness Day 2017.
Similar to the above article, except for World Autism Awareness Day 2019.
Advice for (or about) young people
Written specifically for young people, this is by far the most well-received article on this site. (I get email requests for printable versions of it almost every day.) 298,000 views at time of writing.
For my fiftieth article, I wrote directly to a young audience.
With 358,000 views to date, this is autisticnotweird.com’s most-read article.
One of the autism community’s most frequently asked questions.
From an autistic guy with three university degrees who cried on his second day.
One of the autism community’s most common battles.
Having taken far too many exams and taught students how to pass them too, here’s my advice.
The majority of autistic children get bullied. Ugly fact, but it’s true. Here are my tips, alongside a tragic story of what can happen if bullying is not dealt with.
Safeguarding children is more than “stranger danger”. It includes teaching them that saying “no” matters.
Originally written for someone I love, I’ve been given permission to share it with the internet.
Autism is usually a perfectly valid reason for people’s struggles. But when people use it as a get-out clause, it needs dealing with.
Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, I’m serious. Chess changes lives.
British 11-year-olds, this one’s for you.
My own journey with Asperger’s
Not an article, but this is me now.
I uploaded this on my 30th birthday. A conversation between myself and my past selves: me at 10, 15, 20 and 25. It’s made people cry (in a good way, of course).
Self-harm, anxiety, therapy, drunken panic attacks… and how I recovered.
What I did, what it’s like, and nine important things I learned from it.
Just how did a guy with a social development disorder become a teacher anyway?
Every year I work with over fifty children on a German beach, despite multiple layers of social difficulty. This is what it’s taught me.
How I felt about being autistic when I launched this site. A very early article from April 2015.
The very first piece I wrote for this site, so desperately outdated that it’s only really here for historical purposes. My whole world has changed since then.
A coping strategy during my teenage years, turned into this site’s happiest article.
An enormous undertaking which took me a whole summer to process, this survey offers surprising revelations about attitudes and experiences in the autism community. (A much smaller 2015 survey can be found here.)
A collection of insightful answers.
The poll on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page which lay the foundations for a larger and much more beautiful published book.
(Information about the book can be found here – it may be the most positive autism-related book you’ll ever read, and the perfect gift for an autistic young person who feels lonely or isolated. 1,400 copies sold and counting!)
Or why “I love my child but hate their autism” actively harms autistic people.
Another important topic. It’s only this far down the list because it’s not specifically autism-related.
Difference not just necessary – it’s valuable too. No matter what others tell you.
As above. These issues aren’t autism-specific but let’s be honest, a disproportionate number of us face them.
We may be opening up about mental health, but there’s a long way to go.
So many autistic people love creative writing. Here’s my advice to them from experience.
How can I believe in the unseen at the same time as having a relentlessly logical mindset?
If you don’t share someone’s life experience, don’t claim their identity.
A response to those who like to “correct” autistic people’s identity choices.
They are not “awareness”. They are abuse, and this is why.
This was a fun one to write.
Words matter. But in the autism community, they seem to really matter.
Because I can talk about my autism, there are people who think I’m less qualified to do so. Obviously, this presents an enormous problem for autism awareness.
A tale of how watching elevator videos with a child gets us further than arguing with each other online.
You wouldn’t think it is, but here’s a quick guide to why “autism awareness” is often against us rather than for us.
Perfectionism has a deceptively positive reputation, when it can actually be a debilitating trait.
An extremely important issue, containing an interview with the headteacher of a beleaguered special school.
Written back when Katie Hopkins’ deliberately hurtful remarks made national headlines.
Arguing is rife in the autism community. This is me reaching out to all ‘sides’.
How to deal with the season of Expectation Claus.
Underdogs, a near-future dystopia series where the heroes are teenagers with special needs, is a character-driven war story which pitches twelve people against an army of millions, balancing intense action with a deeply developed neurodiverse cast.
Book one can be found here:
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