An image of Jorik, a 34-year old man, smiling a tired smile, holding up a postcard of Alice Oseman's Heartstopper, sent by his mother.

Monday 6th June 2022: Pride Season #2 – Happy Pride! How is it Going with Conversion Therapy (TLDR: FML)

Hi everyone! Happy Pride! My mum sent us this beautiful card the other day. Thanks to her and to the amazing Alice Oseman for their work on Heartstopper which I will watch/read one day, I promise. This year’s Pride Season kicks off with a catch-up on one of the most important blogs I wrote last...

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...

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...

A white man (Jorik) wearing glasses and headphones around his neck. He is also wearing a black hoodie and red t-shirt. He is holding up a packet of Ontbijtkoek and wears a quizzical expression.

Sunday 4th April 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: Autistic and… Dutch?

UPDATE: 31/05/2021A friend contacted me with a few notes about their points, which I unintentionally misrepresented. I apologise for a. making that mistake and b. taking so long to fix it. I will amend the points changed with italicised additions. Hi everyone, Hope you’re all enjoying Easter/Pesach or, simply, an excuse to have a quiet...

Autistic at times of Covid-19 – Sunday 9th August 2020: Autistic at Work #1

Edit: 9th August 2020 I was notified by a friend that I misused the term neurodiverse to refer to people who are autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic, have add/ADHD and associated conditions and identities. We are, in fact, neurodivergent. Neurodiversity is a spectrum of all neurodiversities, including those who are neurotypical. I will change this in following...

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