“But you are too High-Functioning….”

This is a line I hear very often. There’s a few different variations, but the most common one is “you are too high-functioning to understand”. And I’ll tell you straight away, this is one of the most irritating, belittling and quite frankly insulting lines you could ever say to an Autistic individual. And here’s why;

#MCA2017 , my first Autism Conference, Middletown

So, this week I was able to attend my first Autism Conference, the Middletown Centre For Autism International Conference, ‘Building Capacity’. And what an experience it was.   The two day conference was held in the Spectacular setting of Titanic Belfast, and while the building’s design meant it isn’t the easiest place to navigate (having escalators


I just want to write a short thank you to all the messages I have received from across the globe supporting the action I took last week. I have tried to reply to as many of them as I can, but If I haven’t yet replied I’m trying my best to get around everyone’s messages,

"Would you not like a cure for your Autism?"

It’s a question I get asked fairly regularly, sometimes in slightly different ways. Sometimes its “do you not sometimes wish you didn’t have Autism?”, or “if you could get rid of your Autism, would you?”, and the answer has always been the same, “no, I wouldn’t” The Autistic Community are dead set against the idea

Offering more insight….

As the title says, I want to add more insight to this blog.  I want to expand this blog to include the experiences and views of other Autistic people, who want to talk about their thoughts, feelings and views on a wide variety of topics. So, for anyone who wishes to get involved, this is

Autism 16+ options event

On Saturday, I was able to attend the Autism 16+ options event at Belfast Royal Academy, an event for Autistic people, and their families/carers, to provide them with information, support and advice as they approach adulthood, and the next steps into the world of work.  The main event was an outstanding speech by Adam Harris,