A recent study by Rachel Grove et al, presented earlier this year at INSAR, found a link between autistic "special interests" (no, I don't love that phrase either, but it's the accepted term for what the standard "interest" just can't capture) and higher subjective well-being amongst autistic adults. The above graph (photo credit @YesWeJon) shows … Continue reading The Many and Varied Perks of Autistic Special Interests
(Full disclosure: I work for Autistica, and this blog post clearly drew inspiration from the Molehill Mountain app which I'll talk about later, but all views here are completely my own) It's been a week. Outside, I saw the grass was all brown; it's dying, already. The newsreader on the radio described a wildfire on … Continue reading Mountains, Molehills, and The Actual End Of Days
In my mind, the target audience for "Are You Autistic?" was undiagnosed autistic adults, some of whom will never have even thought about it before, who recognised themselves in the journeys of JP and Jo (pictured above). I hoped that someone might watch the show, find it resonating with them more than they expected, and … Continue reading So I might be autistic. Now what?
...Okay, as one of Are You Autistic?'s lead presenters I'm more than a little biased, but this does also means I've seen it, multiple times, and can't wait until it finally goes out beyond autism circles and into the wider world of people who could benefit from its messages! So here are just a few … Continue reading 10 reasons to watch “Are You Autistic?” (by someone who already knows it inside out!)
Recently, my Twitter feed has been full of a whole series of articles and so on telling the world that conditions such as autism and ADHD are a.) Overdiagnosed Actually and b.) used by parents as an "excuse" for "awful and embarrassing behaviour" or as "something to boast about". ...Yikes. To be fair to Dr … Continue reading Why autism is much more than an “excuse”, and why it matters
(Contains spoilers for Twice Upon A Time, this year's Doctor Who Christmas special) This Christmas, Doctor Who fans were treated to not one, not two, but three Doctors. Before the much-anticipated regeneration into Jodie Whittaker at the end of Twice Upon A Time, the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) finds himself teaming up with the First Doctor (brought to life by David Bradley, … Continue reading Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time
This series finale sees Joe's old school hold an end-of-year show, led by relatives Alison and Becky, and inviting him back to perform. It was great to see everyone involved doing all they can to include Joe on his terms rather than aiming for "normal" (especially given Alison's track record) - incorporating his special interests (admittedly … Continue reading The A Word, Series 2 Episode 6