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Why don't you do something then?

Dearest readers, 
After a busy and rainy day and lots of organising and sorting for my research project, I was browsing Facebook (as per usual) and I came across many speaking about the most recent Methodist conference. I think conferences like this are a great place to share and learn and also to be part of a wider community, but to also cement and critique our own viewpoints and the views of others mentally, strengthening and enriching our own stances. It then occurred to me: it's great that we have all this learning available, but do we actually put into practice what we learn? Can we see the opportunities in which we can use this knowledge and see how it is directly applicable to our lives and the lives of others?
One example is this: when I went to hear Tony Atwood speak last month with my mum, Tony was talking about sensory differences and in particular how if there are multiple noises in a room, some autistic people do struggle to (or in my case, can't) differentiate b…

How much of a disability is autism then?

Dearest readers,
Greetings from the M1! Currently on my way back from Leicester after a lovely weekend with a dear friend of mine. The coach has wifi and I had the idea for a blog post (and I also had it on my to do list for the week so quite useful actually!). I saw an interesting post on Facebook a couple of days ago which I found to be very thought provoking. I have just tried to check where it is on my previous likes to refresh my memory but no luck as I can't seem to remember when I actually saw this. It was interesting food for thought and certainly enquired the title. I'll reflect on what I read and reflect on my perspective of how much of a disability autism is.
This post I saw was concerning autism as a disability and the language we use to describe this. There has been for a while many in the autism community who speak up against pathological language but this post was almost reminding us of the depth and breadth of the autistic spectrum and how it is so very diffic…

One radio show and two workshops later...

Dearest readers,
I hope this summer heat is treating you O.K. It's been over 30 degrees Celsius here where I am based and has been the hottest June day since 1976 today apparently. I've been sat in our uni air conditioned library for the last few hours which was lovely however now being back home without air con is not so nice. It's been a while since I updated and I've done one radio show and 2 workshops, one for a youth group and one for a mental health group about 40 minutes away, so thought I'd do an update on the work I've been up to before the heatwave.
Both workshops I did this month were church based but with two different age groups and requirements. Filling a small 'God slot' on autism is something I had never considered doing until a my friend Krys (confusing, eh? Thank you Krys!) suggested that it might be a good idea for a bitesize session for our youth group. By making the session 'hands on' it brought the young people into potent…

Accepting Difference: One Year On

Dearest readers,
Happy June everyone! I had a reminder that one year ago today the first article I wrote about autism and the church went live. The post is here. Such a lot has happened over the last year - things many thought would have not happened or be possible. Yesterday I also got my exam results for the first year of my masters and clearly surpassed myself, somehow. Learning about things I never thought I'd ever get my head around has been really interesting, although I now have a huge pile of library books to return that I had held onto 'just in case I needed to use them again'. 
To mark the one year of my blogging journey, even though my actual blog's birthday isn't until September , I thought I would reflect on the same title but from a different perspective: university. Certainly since I started my bachelor degree in 2010 there has been a massive shift in autism discourse and a huge increase in discussion and student led advocacy. The autism 'scape …