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Victim Blaming: A Sudden Realisation

The reason I write this blog is because it's a way to use my limited time and skills the best way I can in autism advocacy. Any dealings in the world of autism will inevitably cross over into the mental health world although autism in itself isn't a mental health condition - it's just a difference in brain structure. It can also cross over into the way people treat each other and the way we raise our kids. This week's blog post isn't directly about autism other than being about the personal experience of an autistic person, but it does address my treatment at school and the issues it has caused. It's something that I suddenly realised today (although there is a delay of a few weeks between me writing this post and its scheduled publishing date) and it's something that the more I think about it the more I'm really unhappy about it. That being the heavy level of victim blaming that I was put through during my school years.

As a kid I was always bullied. B…

5 Gifts For Autistics

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Christmas is only 68 sleeps away and whenever people ask me what I want for Christmas or birthdays I've never known what I wanted, but since being diagnosed autistic I've come to realise that there are quite a few different things that I could do with. This could be either because it's beneficial, or just because I like it. So here's a list of a few ideas that you could buy for the autistic in your life. Please also be aware that this post contains Amazon Associate links, which means that if you purchase the items via the links I will earn a small commission. The exception to this is the very first link, which is to Chewigem, not Amazon, so it's not part of any affiliate program.

Chew Toys
Last Christmas is where I really started to realise that I had a problem with chewing. When I say "problem" I only mean in the sense that because I'd never had a chew toy at that point I resorted to biting my fingers and left them in a pretty bad state. At the time I…

Pablo Thinks Differently

This week I wanted to talk about something that I could have included in my Autistic Parenting post the other week, but didn't think about it until afterwards. It's something that with being both autistic and a parent I feel strongly in support of. That being the kids' TV show Pablo on CBeebies (or RTÉ Jr in reland).
The show follows the adventures of an autistic 7 year-old named Pablo as he tries to tackle life's difficulties from an autistic perspective with the help of his animal friends in his imaginary art world. The show starts and ends with live-action footage and has a cartoon animated middle portion as Pablo enjoys drawing and it's the animal characters and art world that he draws that help him work through his problems. Each of his animal friends represents a different autistic trait as alluded to by the theme song: Ren is a canary who represents stimming - mainly in the form of flapping as she's a bird. Noasaurus (often shortened to Noa) is a dinosaur …

The Term "Asperger's"

Asperger's Syndrome has been a controversial term in the autism world for a while now. Because of this controversy it's being phased out slowly from the medical diagnosis model of autism, and therefore eventually from the autistic community as a whole. Before I was diagnosed just 10 months ago (exactly 10 months today, in fact) I identified and self-diagnosed as an aspie. The reason for this is because I was still quite early into my journey of learning about the world of autism that I'd unknowingly been a part of for over 31 years prior to diagnosis. And it was also because although I'd heard of the disturbing truth about Hans Asperger which I'll get onto shortly, I tend to avoid big and heavy topics like that so I didn't look into it much until recently.

I considered myself to be a person with Asperger's Syndrome due to the misconception that Asperger's is essentially "high-functioning autism" and as far as I could tell I didn't have any…