Tagged: autistic spectrum disorder

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Autistic and Proud?

There has been some discussion lately over whether it is appropriate to be proud of being autistic.  My reply would be that it depends on exactly what you mean by ‘proud’. In my mind,...

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Everyone’s Got An Opinion About Autism

I’ve been wondering whether I actually did the right thing by getting a diagnosis.  It hasn’t really achieved anything, but I now it feels like I have this permanent stain on my record –...

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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...