My name is Jorik Mol. I was born in the Netherlands in 1987 and diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum at the age of eight.

When I got diagnosed as autistic, I hated it. It felt like I was not allowed the rights and ease of living everybody else seemed to have. I fought myself for almost twenty years, deeply ashamed of what I couldn’t help but be.

But after meeting a dear friend, I changed my mind.

I met another autistic young man, fell in love and was his partner for three years and, now, my best friend. He helped me come to terms with my autism. I became a teacher and found many more autistic and neurodiverse people of all ages. I became involved in the autistic community – the only community ever to welcome me with open arms.

Now, I have been an autistic activist for two years. He has worked in the NHS (UK) and is now part of the Autistic League, an autistic charity created to harness the power of autistic people to achieve equality between neurodivergent and neurotypical society.

Being autistic is an identity with aspects of disability. We are part of the neurodiverse community. Our identity intersects with gender, race, sexuality, gender identity, disability and class.

I now share my life with another autistic man, write autistic fiction, teach English as a foreign language and EAP, am a personal tutor and autistic mentor; and I write and do speaking engagements to educate organisations and individuals on autism and neurodiversity. I live in Reading, UK.