The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

  Preamble Back in June/July I started what was meant to be a 3-part series on my autistic burnout/mental health episode. I wrote two posts back then, but it’s taken me until now, November, to write the third and final instalment (which by now has actually morphed into a fourth instalment too). Whilst I don’t think … Continue reading The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

... What is “autism awareness” all about? What are people trying to spread “awareness” of? Some forms of awareness that can be found in mainstream circles (i.e. being propagated by certain big autism “charities” or organisations and among certain groups of parents and professionals) include being aware that: Autism exists Autism is a disordered, tragic, … Continue reading 30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

YouTube video on autism and language

"The language we use around autism matters" I've started making YouTube videos of myself talking about autism - eek! (also see this video on “why talking is hard” - forthcoming) The first video I've made is about autism and language. Here it is: It is not about the ways in which autistic people are (presumed … Continue reading YouTube video on autism and language