About me

This is me, exploring and as usual, wearing completely impractical attire! 

Who am I?
I am Krysia (pronounced kri-shah; blogger name krysiawally) and I'm a MA candidate in Autism Studies at a UK university. I'm in my mid-late twenties, have a habit of asking awkward questions (sorry about that) and a big reflector on life's questions, big and small. I'm autistic (I've been diagnosed twice in fact...) and this frames a lot of the thoughts, ponderings and questions I have. My research interests include autism, [faith] communities, spirituality, accessibility, ableism and how we perceive and process difference. I'm also very interested in mental health, given my lifelong experience of anxiety, depression and other mental ill health things... 

When did you start this and why? 
I started the blog in September 2016. I started it as a means for me to share the projects I am currently involved in with friends, colleagues and family. It is also a means of sharing information; my second cousin, Amy (I don't have any first cousins sadly) wanted to find out more about autism. I genuinely did not think anyone would read it or be interested, but with Amy's encouragement and encouragement from others too I have been proven otherwise.

This blog has grown to complement my current studies and interests, in particular getting organisations, people and faith communities talking about autism and getting autistic people involved in and leading what I call 'autism education' and showing that good practice for autism is beneficial for everyone. No one should be left behind in my opinion.

This is my personal space. I aim to represent myself alone in my words, although they may resonate with you too.

Why do you babble on about faith? 
I believe God often chooses highly unqualified people, in the eyes of the world, to do things and boy I do feel very unqualified at times. I struggled with writing and English horrendously at school (honest waste of my time at the time, never quite got the point, hated reading) and have always felt a bit squeamish writing or talking about myself to any degree. But through writing, I have learnt to take down some barriers and give myself the voice that has been waiting for me for many years. I honestly could not do this without God sitting with me at the keyboard, it would be impossible. My words cannot be credited solely to me.

That aside, faith and religion are seen as taboo and I am a firm believer in not shoving things under the carpet (metaphorically) and ignoring them. How can we grow to discuss these things without bias, while being open and listening with maturity if we do not start to have these discussions? 

How come you are talking about autism so much? 
I mainly focus on autism because I am autistic! I also believe that curiosity should be fed and some of the best people to answer questions about living as an autistic person are those people themselves. However, from time to time I may talk about other topics too.

I also do write more expressive stuff from time to time too, like here and here

What projects are you currently involved in?
I like to get my hands stuck in lots of things. On rotation, I am on local BBC Radio as Sunday morning current affairs panellist. I'm heading up a project on getting faith communities more to grips with autism and wider neurodiversity, including promoting 'Celebrating Diversity' during April and May 2018. I have run workshops for faith based and secular groups, challenging beliefs and perceptions towards autistic people. My theology is simple: we are all equally loved and all made in God's image - including autistic people.

We need to move beyond the tokenistic nature of 'this is a nice idea' to recognising this is necessary for accessibility and a non-negotiable right.

Theology aside, policy should be reflecting equity and we need to be challenged to move from a model of 'equality' to that of 'equity' and 'inclusion' - something which I believe needs a radical shift. We still are in desperate need of this shift in a non-tokenistic manner. No human is not worthy of dignity, respect or getting what they need.

I also have something up my sleeve which I am not telling the internet about as yet... keep your eyes peeled.

I'm interested in you/your projects, how do I get in contact with you? 
Please fill out the contact form on the side bar to your left from the click down menu. You can put your email in too to follow the blog for further updates.
(If it's me that seems interesting, I've fallen off my chair... please come and pick me up off the floor!)

Current popular reads

Grenzenlos: I am not your defined category

Some reasons why 'you should notice'

Where love lies in fighting ableism

A message from the White Rose: do not be silent

Four reasons why we are not all "a little autistic"

Addendum: another verse

Writing as tonic