This one’s for you Spectrum 10k

I am angry. I am beyond angry. I am angry, tired, sad, stressed, and quite frankly, sickened to my core. Since S10k was announced, I have watched as their blithe request for our DNA has traumatised a community that I love beyond measure. My friends and colleagues have poured their heart into fighting your (notContinue reading “This one’s for you Spectrum 10k”

On the destructive nature of humanity

As Autistic people, we are uniquely wired to find the truest forms of beauty in the world. Our eyes can catch every detail of the rainbow in the mist of water, or the delicate complexity of a spiders web. Still, many of us bring havoc, wilfully and determinedly breaking that which should bring us comfort.Continue reading “On the destructive nature of humanity”

An open letter to parents of Autistic children regarding Spectrum 10k

Spectrum 10k, what is it? Spectrum 10k is the latest research project to be announced by the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. It is a collaborative effort with the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of California Los Angeles. On the 24th of August 2021, the Spectrum 10k (S10k) research project wasContinue reading “An open letter to parents of Autistic children regarding Spectrum 10k”

Collective joint statement from Autistic people on Spectrum 10k

To read the full statement (with images) and sign, please click here. Joint statement from Autistic community members, academics, representatives of advocacy organisations, and allies about grave concerns regarding the Spectrum 10K study announced Tuesday 24th August 2021 (document includes plain language summaries for accessibility and uses a font easier to read for some people.Continue reading “Collective joint statement from Autistic people on Spectrum 10k”

Apparently Autism needs preventing?

The world is not okay. We are not okay. Autistic people are not okay, S10k has served as a stark reminder that we are treated as a burden upon not just the people that we love, but society as a whole. Autistic people are subject to woefully inaccurate and outdated stereotypes that do a greatContinue reading “Apparently Autism needs preventing?”

Untitled poetry regarding S10k

Written anonymously by a friend On the 24th august an announcement was madeAlarm bells rang as a friend was disdained On mainstream media on a pedastoolResearch was announced treating us like we are fools Processing began…. Numb, shutdown, uncertaintyThen came the realisation, this was aimed at me A direct insult, a direct threat,to me, myContinue reading “Untitled poetry regarding S10k”

Recovery as an Autistic addict: Forging your own path

As an Autistic person, I prefer things to be black and white, yes or no, good or bad. This made life all-the-more complicated when I was embarking on my journey into addiction recovery. Recovery from addiction is a world of grey areas. This monochromatic world however, is dominated by people who insist that it ISContinue reading “Recovery as an Autistic addict: Forging your own path”

Autistic people and suicide: A troubling tale.

It has been known for some time that Autistic people experience suicidal thoughts, ideation, and attempts at a much higher rate than the general population, but one recent piece of commentary paints a stark image of Autistic suffering. South et al (2021) discuss the field of Autistic suicide prevalence. One of the most uncomfortable truthsContinue reading “Autistic people and suicide: A troubling tale.”

Unmet support needs and multiple systemic failures: A story of addiction and autism

As I have said before, I truly believe that addiction is the result of unmet support needs. This can be an incredibly complex field, but today I am going to take take brief dive into the experiences that led to my addiction. My first major trauma was age 7. My best friend, Carl, died ofContinue reading “Unmet support needs and multiple systemic failures: A story of addiction and autism”

Neurodiversity and the power of collective activism

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell This quote has echoed around my mind for many years. Much like the Revelation of Sonmi-451 (also from Cloud Atlas), it has been a driving force in theContinue reading “Neurodiversity and the power of collective activism”