We need to stop saying “we’re all a little autistic”
Oct02

We need to stop saying “we’re all a little autistic”

A few years ago, I was the only diagnosed autistic staff member in a special school. The rest of the staff weren’t autistic, but many jokingly claimed to be. “Oh, that must be my autism,” some would say as they parked their car in the same space each morning. (Meanwhile, I just parked wherever was easiest.) “Yep, that’s my autism right there,” others would say as they tidied up the staff room in a very specific manner. (Meanwhile, the...

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Asperger Syndrome and Religion: Reconciling Logic with Faith
Sep24

Asperger Syndrome and Religion: Reconciling Logic with Faith

‘I just can’t understand how someone with a maths degree and a brain like yours can believe in God’, a relative said to me once. Oddly enough, this was years before either of us learned about my Asperger Syndrome. But even back then, it felt like I wasn’t ‘supposed’ to have religious faith. To be fair, if you could design a stereotypical atheist it would probably look like me. In terms of gender, age bracket, ethnicity, level of...

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50 Pretty Big Facts About Autism
Apr30

50 Pretty Big Facts About Autism

After this album of pictures got over 3,000 shares on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page [all links open in new windows], I thought I’d upload them all here for your viewing pleasure! For those who are seeing these for the first time, I hope you find them useful.   (Important note- after Autistic Not Weird became so well-read that my articles were being stolen literally on a daily basis, I had to disable...

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How to Raise ACTUAL Autism Awareness
Nov30

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. It’s an extremely well-known idea and if you find the right cause, half the world can jump on board. It can even be as simple as taking the right selfie or pouring water over your head. On the one hand, such online crazes can make enormous...

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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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How hard can it be to fund a school for disabled children?
May12

How hard can it be to fund a school for disabled children?

  I’ve often heard that you can judge a whole society on how it treats its most vulnerable. And I’m not going to reinforce that sentence with anything. You’re all bright enough to draw your own conclusions from it. Just keep it in mind while you read the rest of this article.   Funding in special schools is a sore point for many people. Personally I once lost a job in special education because the school, built to help...

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Captain Quirk and his adventures on the Wrong Planet
Apr07

Captain Quirk and his adventures on the Wrong Planet

Since this is my first entry, I’ll tell you a little about who I am. The essentials can be found on the ‘about me’ page, but here’s a few extra facts. I was once a primary school teacher. I went into teaching because, beyond everything else, what I am first and foremost is a builder of people. Having had no leadership skills as a child, I was given some amazing opportunities by people who dared to believe in...

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