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 31st January 2022: More About Being an Autistic Teacher: Subjectively Speaking

Hi everyone, Initially I was going to write about PTSD today, about how autistic people can experience trauma. But, since I now actually care about my recovery, I’ve decided against it. It’s not worth my time to rake over things outside of a professional context, particularly while I’m still waiting to start recovery. It’s ok...

Monday 24th January 2022: On Education – Autistic Teaching? + Links!

Hi everyone! How are you doing? I’ve been enjoying getting the blog back to a weekly schedule. As long as I put in sufficient amounts of rest periods, I will generally do just fine. I now have the Mondays to Thursdays where I do the most teaching, keep the Friday free for activism and do...

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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...

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...

An image of a 19th century French prison where the prisoners are lectured to on the evils of alcoholism. The prisoners are in small body-sized boxed with a hole for their heads. They are stacked up. step-wise, in lecture hall-style.

Sunday 28th March 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: On Institutional Barriers and Cynicism – 1

Hi everyone. So today I’m talking about my idea that the thing that’s holding back the autistic rights movement is the very institutions of society. The basic building blocks of 21st century Britain is what’s destroying our lives and even the people who seek to do good within the system do more harm despite what...

Sunday 13th December 2020: Bad News and Resilience

CW: discussions of severe mental distress and suicidal ideation. Hi everyone, I know, I know, it’s been far too long. These four weeks I haven’t had an entry were due to the first few weeks of a new job. That new job is gone now. I’ve had to apply for Universal Credit. It’s ironic, that...

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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