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Monday 18th November 2021: Meltdowns and Burn-Out (part x/∞)

Hi everyone, Yes, again I start with an apology. I’ve been away for a few weeks. The reason? Overwork. Of course. I have a long-standing commitment to pushing myself far too hard. If you’ve been with this blog for a while, you know this. I work too much. The fact my partner didn’t have a...

Monday 18th October 2021: Autistic At Work – Mentoring/Being a Freelancer

CW: discussions of suicide and mental illness. Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing great. There wasn’t a blog last week, due to me working for Autminds, a Dutch-language autistic-rights conference (they were all wonderful and I’m happy I was of use). I am trying to keep to what I promised myself previously. I need to...

Jorik with Hedgehog notebook

Monday 4th October 2021: On Neurotypicals – Triggered! NT after being called out for ableism – part 1

Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing great. The idea for this blog came from two things. First my partner. He read my blog before it went live and went absolutely ballistic at the behaviour of ‘Ed’ (not his real name). It was so bad, I took him out for a walk. He still felt incandescent...

An image of Jorik, a white 33-year old autistic gay with soft hair, glasses and an expression of baffled hilarity on his face.

Monday 27th September 2021: On Mentalisation and Health Care Barriers

CW: Discussions of Borderline personality disorders and medical mistreatment. It’s another ranty one! Hello everyone! Thanks for the lovely reactions to last week’s blog. It’s good to be back. I want to talk about something that, to me, is how to do storytelling well: a personal experience that signifies those of an entire community. I...

An image showing the front end of Jorik's bed, with a variety of cuddly toys along the headboard and on top of the pillows. It looks pretty dang comfortable.

Monday 20th September 2021: On Burnout (and Worse)

CW: discussions of trauma and self-harm, as well as an autistic person being a bit of a moron. If that’s too much, then have a look at my bed in our wonderful new house! Category is: Passport says 33, but you’re secretly five. Hi everyone, It’s been a hot minute since my last blog. I’m...

Jorik (a thirty-three year old wearing glasses, a faded blue shirt and wireless earbuds) is lying down next to a handsome stack of books, all queer, while pursing his lips and holding his finger in a 'shhh' motion.

Monday 5th July 2021: On Speaking (and on when I can’t) + Videos!

EDITED: Please find the videos for the Q&A with Jerry Rothwell in the middle of the blog. Hi everyone, Hope you’re doing alright. I’ve been busy this week, mostly recuperating from last Sunday’s performance. As I said in the blog two weeks ago, I was invited to a Q&A with Jerry Rothwell, the director of...

A picture of Jorik, a bespectacled autistic gay man in his thirties who hasn't had a shave for a few days. He has short, dark blond hair and is wearing a red Outdoorlads t-shirt. His face looks worried, biting his lip.

Monday 7th June 2021: Pride Season – Conversion Therapy and ABA (spoiler alert: they are the same)

CW: Abuse, violence, radicalisation, discussions of traumatic practices and events. Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well. This is blog 2 of 5 that I’m writing for Pride 2021 about the intersections of queer and neurodivergent identities. If you want to know some facts, here is a link from Autistic Empire: Now, on with the...

Jorik dressed in all-Jorik

Tuesday 1st June 2021 – Pride Season: LGBTQIA+ people and Neurodiversity – on Intersectionality

Hi everyone, Hope you’re well. I’ve had a weekend of mostly being in bed recuperating. I have had a 6 week term of teaching without any meltdowns or crashes or utter breakdowns, but by Friday I was absolutely exhausted. I had nothing left to give. I am now allowing myself to have those days where...

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