An open letter to Pauline Hanson

Hi Pauline. I’m sure you have never heard of me, nor are you likely to ever meet me.   I’m one of “these kids” you talked about, who is Autistic and attended a mainstream school. From your comments in recent days, it is pretty clear your belief is that I, along with many others, do

Toxic Twitter.

In a previous blog post I alluded to the dangers of Twitter, particularly, the ‘Twitter Trolls’ and their propensity to fire sustained, targeted abuse at their victims. Now, I’ve always considered myself a fairly thick-skinned person, and usually I’m able to laugh off most things the trolls throw at me, but for the past 6

Autistic UK

I’m delighted to be able to announce that last Sunday I was co-opted onto the Autistic UK Committee. For those of you who haven’t heard of Autistic UK, they are an organisation who campaign for the rights of Autistic Individuals in the UK. The role of Autistic UK isn’t to represent the views of the

“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

Thanks

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