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I usually appreciate Louis Theroux's documentaries, but this particular one - about autism - was rather painful to watch. It's sad and worrying to see how harmful attitudes and practices get propagated and normalised in mainstream media, including in shows that...

Over the past few months I've been reading and re-reading Melanie Yergeau's "Authoring Autism". It's a brilliant book (to say the least) that has really helped me progress in my understanding of autism's and autistic people's placement and treatment in...

What does autism mean to you? Autism is such a complex and multifaceted entity that it defies being captured in any concise, straightforward way. As I was contemplating my answer to this question, I realised just how many opposite extremes...

PROCESSING AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS: A road map for overcoming negative thoughts/emotions and focusing on the positive Negative thoughts & emotions   1 - Stigma of autism in society 2 - The reality of many negatives associated with autism 3 - Worry about negative perceptions from others....

An autism diagnosis (as well as the often ongoing process of disclosing and witnessing other people’s reactions) can play on your mind and heart in innumerable ways, giving rise to a whole host of often mixed and confusing thoughts and...

I could write an entire book about the impact of receiving an autism diagnosis, detailing both my personal experience alongside more general reflections on the process. But I’m really going to try to condense things down (or I’ll be here...

  The day of my autism diagnostic assessment was to be one of the most important days of my life, and I knew it. I knew that it could potentially change things forever and I had a million thoughts and feelings...

  In this post I’ll be discussing the period leading up to my diagnostic appointment – how I prepared in practical terms, some thoughts about how I was feeling, along with a few tips about the process more generally. Some of...

  There are many different paths to arriving at a professional autism diagnosis. Some people are already convinced of their autistic identity, and seeking a diagnosis is simply to validate and confirm what they pretty much already know about themselves. Others...