Jorik (a thirty-three year old wearing glasses, a faded blue shirt and wireless earbuds) is lying down next to a handsome stack of books, all queer, while pursing his lips and holding his finger in a 'shhh' motion.

Monday 5th July 2021: On Speaking (and on when I can’t) + Videos!

EDITED: Please find the videos for the Q&A with Jerry Rothwell in the middle of the blog. Hi everyone, Hope you’re doing alright. I’ve been busy this week, mostly recuperating from last Sunday’s performance. As I said in the blog two weeks ago, I was invited to a Q&A with Jerry Rothwell, the director of...

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...

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 27th December 2020: A Look Back + Autistic Escape + Okapi!

Hi everyone! Sorry about not having the blog out last week – I had a brain freeze and needed to rest. The day before was my 33rd birthday. It’s been a big year for me, as it has been for everyone. The world looks like a very different place now than it did in 2019,...

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...

The View UpStairs

Sunday 30th August 2020 – Autistic Coding on Stage : Dear Evan Hansen, The View UpStairs and me – #2

Hello everyone! Here is part two of my analysis of autistic coding in musical theatre. If you haven’t read last week’s blog about being on stage, please do. Find it here:https://jorikmol.com/sunday-23rd-august-2020-autistic-coding-on-stage-dear-evan-hansen-the-view-upstairs-and-me-1/ As before, trigger warnings for violence and emotional abuse and spoilers for absolutely everything. Autistic coding is different in the theatre than in the...

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...

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