School years: Infant & Juniors

TW: Bullying, physical violence. I grew up in rural Derbyshire in the UK. I lived on large plot of land just outside a small village, with few neighbours. As a child in mainstream infant (5-7 years) and junior (7-11 years) education, I was outwardly quiet, considerate and trusting. I constantly had disruptive children placed nextContinue reading “School years: Infant & Juniors”

Going into hospital: 2

I wrote a post about preparing to go into hospital for major bowel surgery. I’ve now been home a week, and have a bit of energy to look back at my experience. I was the second person to have surgery that day so luckily I didn’t have a long wait. I was also given myContinue reading “Going into hospital: 2”

Neurodiverse Office Communication Guide

This is the document that I mentioned in the previous blog post, as I said it’s not perfect or official but hopefully it’s a useful tool to subtly bring attention to our differences. After all, being fair and inclusive is not about everyone getting the same support, it’s about them getting the support they needContinue reading “Neurodiverse Office Communication Guide”

Let ME tell YOU how you want to be communicated with..

At a previous job of mine I was constantly gaslit into questioning my own behaviours, tone and communication. In the first incident, I raised concerns about the way an area manager spoke to me and the task she had assigned. ‘Investigations’ were made and it was decided that it was my interpretation of the situationContinue reading “Let ME tell YOU how you want to be communicated with..”

A letter to myself

When I reached 30 I wrote a long letter back to my younger self (the initial idea of this blog), in the vein of ‘what would your older self say to your younger self?’ It’s a really personal document but I’ll share some excerpts of it below. Whenever I’m feeling anxious or sad (as I’mContinue reading “A letter to myself”

I like board games and I cannot lie

Social interaction with set of rules: Usually playing a board game requires more than 1 person and thus requires an element of social interaction. For me it feels like a safe setting because boardgames have rules that get explained and adhered to. Conversation is constructed about the game, and even though strategies and deception areContinue reading “I like board games and I cannot lie”

Going into hospital: 1

I can remember having surgery at hospital only once. It was a simple day case and my mum was there when I properly came round on the ward. This time however, is going to quite different. I’ll be having major bowel surgery due to Crohn’s Disease and I’ll be in hospital for 5-10 days withContinue reading “Going into hospital: 1”

On being an Autistic Design Student

Whilst I was studying for my MA thesis, I was approached by a Canadian applied arts tutor who was interested in my work, to share insights about being an Autistic undergraduate student. I should say that university was not a positive experience for me. Not only did several huge life events happen, but my treatmentContinue reading “On being an Autistic Design Student”

How I found my Autistic Joy through The Autistic Adult Choir

I joined The Autistic Adult Choir in November 2018, and it has been one of my main sources of inspiration, confidence and acceptance. Within the safe space of other Autistic voices and the amazing Choirmaster Jill, I have blossomed in a way I never thought I could. Due to my Crohn’s Disease being very activeContinue reading “How I found my Autistic Joy through The Autistic Adult Choir”

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