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...

The Impending Visit

My very loud and lovely neurotypical friend and her new man have invited themselves over to my house for the evening and have decided to stay the night.  I have been given the choice...

Who Am I?

I’ve spent my life wondering who I really am.  I’m so complex, the product of two parents who were polar opposites. My father, I suspect had an ASD. Aloof, logical, critical, cutting and extraordinarily...