No, there isn’t an official list of disabilities

The Equality Act 2010* defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment [which] has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on... ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities." That's it. No set list of conditions that do or don't count, no strict criteria - it's basically for each person to consider for themselves. This … Continue reading No, there isn’t an official list of disabilities

Slightly self-indulgent post about doing a thing with Channel 4 once

Some of you may remember the initial publicity around what became Are You Autistic? - it made waves for all the wrong reasons. But when Ambitious about Autism's Youth Council wrote to Channel 4 and Betty with our concerns, they really listened. They came to Ambitious to meet with us. They made massive changes to … Continue reading Slightly self-indulgent post about doing a thing with Channel 4 once

Quick thoughts: Sia please stop digging you’re making everything worse

I understand that The Sia Discourse has escaped the autistic-Twitter bubble and made its way into the wider world, so I thought it was worth writing a (hopefully) brief explainer of what's going on, why it matters and why this isn't just Mean Trolls On The Internet. Essentially: On Thursday, Sia released the trailer for … Continue reading Quick thoughts: Sia please stop digging you’re making everything worse

The feasibility of this unreasonable jerk of a brain retaining any degree of sanity: A follow-up study on meteorological changes in the context of COVID-19.

A sequel to this previous “study” blog post, further demonstrating extreme commitment to a joke. Citation Harper G (2020). The feasibility of this unreasonable jerk of a brain retaining any degree of sanity: A follow-up study on meteorological changes in the context of COVID-19. Mind The Flap. bit.ly/346hJ1i Abstract Like many autistic people, this unreasonable … Continue reading The feasibility of this unreasonable jerk of a brain retaining any degree of sanity: A follow-up study on meteorological changes in the context of COVID-19.

Quick thoughts: On being “more disabled”, and more aware of it

This was, somehow, meant to be a tweet. In early March, you could have had a fairly reasonable-sounding debate about whether you considered me "disabled". What, exactly, was a penchant for Doctor Who and a tendency to shove multiple apologies into every sentence stopping me from doing? What right does someone like me, who was … Continue reading Quick thoughts: On being “more disabled”, and more aware of it

The impact of meteorological changes on this unreasonable jerk of a brain in the context of COVID-19 and a changing lockdown.

In which I demonstrate extreme commitment to a joke. Citation Harper G. (2020). The impact of meteorological changes on this unreasonable jerk of a brain in the context of COVID-19 and a changing lockdown. Mind The Flap. bit.ly/3ibatWI Abstract Like many autistic people, this unreasonable jerk of a brain has struggled to cope during the … Continue reading The impact of meteorological changes on this unreasonable jerk of a brain in the context of COVID-19 and a changing lockdown.