Autism and DiversityDiversity

Steven Shaw said “When you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” In other words: You haven’t met us all. We are not all the same. 

Autism is a hidden disability. It’s not something that is obvious. 

Many autistic adults do not fit the stereotype of a single loner, usually a man, with mental health problems who may have a learning disability, poor education and can’t keep a job or a relationship. In fact we are a very diverse group. 

Here are just some of our differences:

How to get an autism diagnosis as an adult

Getting an autism diagnosisAs an adult you may suspect you are on the autistic spectrum but never have received a formal diagnosis. It took me a few years from doing an Autistic Quotient test to feeling that I needed a formal diagnosis to be sure. The diagnosis helped me to make sense of so much of my life as well as empowering myself and my wife to access support groups for adults and their partners.

Three recent activities of Asperger’s Heroes

In addition to coaching and working at setting up Asperger's Heroes as a social enterprise here are links to three very different activities that I have recently been involved with:

1. I have been interviewed on Social Good Podcast
2. I am co-delivering a workshop with Recovery College
3. I am booked into an event for Experts by Experience 

Social skills for Aspies

Aspies can find social relationships difficult. A gathering of people can sometimes be overwhelming and even in a smaller group we can find it more comfortable to stay quiet and avoid eye-contact. Nevertheless this can feel awkward but we don’t always know what else to do. Social skills that many can do intuitively, we as Aspies, need to learn and perform consciously.