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?

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all enjoying Easter/Pesach or, simply, an excuse to have a quiet day. As I didn’t start work as an autistic activist until I moved to the UK, I’ve often been asked what the situation in Holland is like for autistics. I lived in Holland all my life, not going to the...

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...

Jorik with Silly Hair

Sunday 21st March 2021 – Autistic at Times of Covid-19: Oh hello!

Hi everyone, Sorry it’s been two months. I was pretty busy, most with the medication reduction, which is now finally over! I kept myself off the internet, in order to allow my brain to stabilise. However, I also have been able to join the National Tutoring Programme, which will allow me to leave the benefits...

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,...

Sunday 10th January 2021 – Autistic (+ ADHD!) at Times of Covid-19: Locked Down + Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria

What a week. So this week my partner and I had to shelter in place. It’s not been great. I didn’t realise how much I needed to be outside. Since, at least in mainstream culture, the use of the term “freedom” has often stood for “the freedom of the strong to destroy the vulnerable” (see...

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 in Times of Covid-19 – 2nd August 2020: On Preparation

Hi everybody! This week I’m taking a break from talking about depression in order to focus on a more executive function-related topic: preparation. How do I, as an autistic person, prepare for potentially stressful situations? I haven’t found a lot in the literature about autistic preparation strategies, though I’m happy to be proven wrong. As...

Jorik having a cuddle with Tiger

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 26th July – Back in the Game + On Depression #1

Note: 27th July 2020 – I was given some very useful feedback about the references. I have removed a source that according to a scientist friend was harder to justify than the other sources. Hi everyone. I’ve been away for over a month. This is because of a depressive episode I’ve spent the past few...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 7th June 2020 – How to Keep Safe at a Protest When You’re Autistic!

A guide on precautions for protesting while autistic.

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