Monday 2nd May 2022: Section on Sectioning – Autistic and Hospitalised 2/2

Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing great. I’ve been very busy this week – good things are happening that I’m not yet ready to reveal, but trust that I will when I get the go-ahead. In the meantime, please have a look at Liam O’Dell’s excellent and ongoing work on conversion therapy and how it is...

A picture of the interior herb garden of the Dom church, Utrecht, from our recent holiday.

Monday 25th April 2022: Section on Sectioning – Autistic and Hospitalised 1/2

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve been busy, getting on with Teeming again after a long while. Also busy teaching, admin for future speaking and writing opportunities as well as, y’know, enjoying the weather. On Friday, I had to have blood taken, so the weekend was a bit of a write-off,...

A picture from about 1990 where a small Jorik, dressed in bright colours, waves to the camera, as his grandmother cycles slowly back towards the farmhouse.

Monday 18th April 2022: Autistic and on Holiday (Finally! + Photos!)

Hi everyone! So here we are! We survived our holiday. As the last blog indicated, I was planning to talk about how (not) to go on holiday when you’re autistic. Due to the sheer amount of stuff that happened in the previous 7 days, I couldn’t. Instead, you’ll get that one at a later point....

An image of a grey pluche kangaroo, being held by Jorik in a café next to Fosse Way School. His name is Kevin (of course it is).

Monday 4th April 2022: Autistic and on Holiday 1/2 – THEN SOME OTHER STUFF OCCURRED!

Hi everyone, Sorry for being a bit early off the mark for this week’s blog – but since last week’s one was delayed and next week’s one is not happening I thought I’d give you a blog on the Sunday. I was going to write about holidays. You know – the nice fuzzy cuddly kind...

An image with the book cover of Silverstein and Picano's The Joy of Gay Sex, but a shirtless Jorik holds two fingers over the word 'Gay' and, in post, has added 'Autistic' to it.

Monday 28th March 2022: Sex and relationships 1: Gender and Sexuality Conference + Poetry + Sex Education for Autistics

Hi everyone! Two days late, but you know. It’s fine. Also, it’s a massive blog. Look at it. I’m talking about sex today. Yes, autistic people can have sex, and incredible sex at that. We have sexual desire and we are just as likely as neurotypicals to want, need or desire sex. However, we are...

Monday 7th March 2022: Covid + Work + Addiction – The Terrible Trio!

Hi everyone, Really sorry for the long absence. Two weeks ago, I was mainly busy with job applications and interviews. Good news: I got my second summer EAP job. It will be for Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. I was very happy when that came through. At this stage in my EAP teaching career, it’s a...

Monday 10th January 2022: New Year, Old Me + IKEA… (+ Excellent Email!)

Hi everyone, Despite appearances, I’m still here. I had to take off a lot of time from the summer onward. I had worked myself into the ground. Yes, life was less overtly traumatic than last year, but, still, it was a lot at times. That’s why you’re getting a blog that’s a bit shorter than...

Pictured: a white autistic manchild of nearly 34, wearing glasses, fluffy hair, an old University of Amsterdam t-shirt and a yellow hoodie. Jorik is holding his fist up in a power-stance, while smiling broadly, teeth showing smugly. I love him.

Monday 6th December 2021: Depressed? Me? I suppose! – On Alexithymia and Emotional Porousness

Content warning: This is a brutal one. Discussions of trauma, depression, self-harm, suicidal thinking and activity. Also discussions of painful recent news events. If you’re not having a good day, come back to this one later. Hi everyone! I hope you’re well. I am well, increasingly so actually. I spoke to a friend I hadn’t...

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...

Sunday 17th January 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: End to Sectioning for Autistics + Benefits + Reduction + Links

Hi everyone, This week saw some seriously good news. I heard that the government will amend the Mental Health Act to reduce the sectioning of Britons of colour, as well as removing autism and learning disabilities as reasons to detain someone against their will; potentially indefinitely. See here for more information: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/mental-health-act-reforms-black-people-sectioned It shows that,...

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