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...

Monday 24th May 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: Got a job! How do I pass a job interview?

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing great.  As a self-employed autistic, a lot of my time is not spent doing the actual work. Instead I do a lot of writing emails to people. Those can take the form of applications for teaching or tutoring work, of covering letters to literary agencies or back-and-forth messages about...

Monday 17th May 2021: On Operations, Medical Misunderstandings and Outcomes

CW: descriptions of operations, medical language and trauma; medical abuse, institutional ableism, descriptions of systemic failure and disabled people being the victims of this Hi everyone! Apologies first of all about last week’s blog’s date being incorrect. When I found out about it today, I couldn’t change it. That was a bit annoying, but I...

Jorik and Carebear Smiling

Monday 7th May 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: Covid-vaccines! Or: how to neurodiversify research.

CW: Medical research, descriptions of physical illness. Hi everyone! I hope you’ve been doing great. I’ve really appreciated being able to prepare my blog in the week, too, so I don’t feel too caught out if I am severely lacking in spoons on a Sunday. Don’t worry, though, I’ll still post them on the day...

Painting of Jorik with tiger, in watercolour, by Jack Leto

Monday 3rd May 2021: Autistic at Times of Covid-19 – On Teeming

CW: discussions of violence, radicalisation, homophobia and extreme-rightwing ideology. Hi everyone, Phew! It’s been three weeks! Far too long, I know. My partner had an operation two weeks ago and then I had the Covid vaccine Friday before last. I promise that this will be it for any unexpected medical reasons for the blog not...

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: DNR Orders + Links

Hi everyone! I wasn’t going to write a blog today. But, unfortunately, something’s come up that meant I had to write something now and get it out. Bonny Hazelwood, a neurodivergent journalist, contacted me today regarding a petition, on the issue of Do Not Resuscitate Orders and autistic/learning disabled people. Find her website here: https://www.bonnyhazelwood.wordpress.com/...

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...

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