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
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
It's been almost three months since I last wrote here. Seeing as my last blog was about the birth of a special interest, I'm conscious it looks a bit like all my productive time has sunk into the Royal Blood YouTube rabbit hole, and I can confirm that this is absolutely true. More seriously, I've … Continue reading Happily ever after?
Warm weather is... a major challenge. The major challenge, actually, at least until last year. It's a huge sensory trigger for me, it's pretty much inescapable, and at some point that spiralled out of control and took on a life of its own. The way I describe The Heat Thing has fluctuated a lot - … Continue reading Spring Isn’t My Light At The End Of The Tunnel
When I was diagnosed with autism in 2003, the story goes, my parents were left to look it up for themselves. What they found was a long list of things I'd never be able to do: I wouldn't leave home, I wouldn't build a life that they didn't have to set up for me, I … Continue reading Over-compensating
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
Everything else is unimaginably, unbearably bleak and terrifying, so here's why Elsa is neurodivergent. It's worth noting from the outset that very little of this is new - autistic Elsa fan theories were all over the internet at the time of Frozen's release - but I've wanted to revisit it for a while and I … Continue reading “Conceal, don’t feel”: The case for autistic Elsa
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.
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
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.