Cat Amongst Wolves: Autism and Everything

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My Friend the ‘Autism Parent’

I’ve got a friend who’s an ‘Autism Parent’ – perhaps she could more accurately be described as ‘an acquaintance’ or a ‘friend of a friend’.  It used to be a bad habit of mine...

Autism, Employment and Me

I am currently employed as a part-time waitress.  I only got the job because my friend worked there and she recommended me. My employer has decided to define my job as ‘casual work’ in...

A Night Out

In which I visit my local pub to watch a traditional Irish band. It’s early in the evening.  People are very restrained, not yet drunk.  I watch their movements to see how to behave. ...

Hung Out To Dry

I’ve been re-reading my diagnostic report recently and came across a paragraph which stated that I have difficulties with ‘non-literal’ language – I don’t and never have had.  The clinicians misinterpreted some of my...

Is My Autism a Disability?

Unsurprisingly, it depends on how you look at it. My first answer would be ‘no’.  While it is true that my autism has caused me a lot of problems in the past (or more...

Missing Puzzle Piece

1000 Piece Puzzle

After my diagnosis, I went for some counselling.  My counsellor was amazing, I really enjoyed talking to her, we had some very interesting conversations.  It is impossible to say whether the counselling helped me...