TW/CW: Suicide. I'm tired. Are you tired? If you're autistic you probably spend a lot of time being tired. It isn't surprising really. If you're anything like me, you likely spend a sizable proportion of your thinking time devoted to finding ways to 'measure up'. That is, 'meet the standards of personhood imposed on you … Continue reading Autism and….. ‘Perfectionism’.
Hi all - it's been a while, how've ya been? I've been away in my Aspie-cave nursing some burnout and preparing some proverbial irons for the proverbial fire. Just wanted to share something that dropped into my inbox earlier - a talk and link to a new project being rolled out by Autistica and The … Continue reading Autistica: DARE
Just wanted to link to this great post by The Autistic Advocate. It's part of the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign and specifically discusses autism in the workplace. It draws on the insight of people with autism sharing their real-world experiences, and so is a useful barometer reading of where we're at. http://www.theautisticadvocate.com/2018/09/takethemaskoff-autism-at-work.html
"If you've met a person with autism, then you've met a person with autism." - Dr Stephen Shore. Dr. Shore is absolutely right. No two people with autism are exactly alike. When it comes to employing people with autism, herein lies the greatest (perceived) challenge and the greatest opportunity. As I mentioned in my article … Continue reading Employing Neurodiversity
How about a review? Since I was diagnosed 10 months ago, I've been reading everything I could get my hands on to do with autism. I've come across a lot of material that is rage-making (more on this, below), and some material that is so bang-on-point that I want to share it with everyone I've … Continue reading Review: Autism Equality in the Workplace.
"Survival of the fittest." This is the law that governs all life on earth. Species that do not have the ability to adapt to environmental changes eventually become extinct. Those who can adapt survive. We have come to understand life through this lens by recognising naturally occurring hierarchies, such as the 'food chain', and indeed … Continue reading Social Darwinism in the workplace
So, last night I watched a great video chat between Kate from the I Am My Own Experience blog and Kieran from The Autistic Advocate blog, about autism, masking and burnout. So I wanted to explore some thoughts around the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign. I think most autistic people would agree that the ability to 'mask' their … Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff at work