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/...

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,...

Autistic at Times of Covid-19 – Sunday 3rd January 2021: On Being Ill

Hi everyone! Happy new year. Or, rather, as happy a year as possible at the moment. We’re all learning to manage our expectations. This week’s blog is focussed once again on the pandemic, it’s about being ill. If you haven’t read it: Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill is an amazing essay I first read in...

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Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Monday 1st June 2020 – Reduction #3 + Autistic Bodies #1

Where Jorik is still reducing medication and talks about autistic bodies, which often respond to medical treatment in unexpected ways - leading to dire consequences.

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 24th May 2020 – Reduction #2 + Executive Function #1

Hi everyone! I’m in the second week of reducing the Quietiapine. Over the past week I’ve moved from more-or-less incapacitated to actually starting to reap the benefits of reducing. I’m sleeping through a little less, waking up at 5, 6 and 2:21 respectively, but still getting back to sleep. This is a thing that’s happened...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: 18th May 2020 – Meds + Responses!

Hi everyone. Today’s blog is going to be a bit shorter. I’ll focus on medication and do my best to respond to your kind comments. Because many of us struggle with or without medication, I’m going to be honest here. That means trigger warnings for: mental illness, medication, sectioning, self-destructive behaviour and physical illness This...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: 10th May 2020 – On Time

Hello everybody! A bit of a tonal shift towards positivity this week. After re-reading my last three blogs, I was struck by how critical of myself I am during the process of a working week; any working week. I demand full productivity from myself, knowing that my day will have to consist of physical exercise,...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 3rd May 2020 – Productivity and Spoons

These are a collection of thoughts that have occurred to me over the past few days and that might be useful. They are unedited, sometimes unfocused and might appear in different contexts afterwards. This week wasn’t the best. After three weeks of all hands on deck, I fell off the wagon when it came to productivity....

Autistic in times of Covid-19 – Saturday 25th April 2020

These are a collection of thoughts that have occurred to me over the past few days and that might be useful. They are unedited, sometimes unfocused and might appear in different contexts afterwards. The past three weeks have been very busy indeed. I have had meeting after meeting for the Autistic League and have been...

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