50 ways to help autistic people

So it's World Autism Awareness Month again! Those who follow Autistic Not Weird's Facebook page will know that I often use the occasion to upload a ton of picture posts- not just to spread awareness but to enc...

A brief guide to coping with being different

I wasn’t very old at all when I first noticed I was different. I didn’t have a word for it until I was 24, but my differences have rarely been a secret - to me or anyone else. And sometimes, sadly, other peo...

“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...