Who am I?
Krysia (blogger name krysiawally) is a 25 year old British MA student and Educational Support Assistant at a UK university. I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1995 and have BA (1:1 Hons, 2014) in French and German. I am a keen traveller (especially in Germanophone countries!), am animal mad and enjoy the local history of my local area. My research interests are autism, accessibility and spirituality.
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 wanted to find out more about autism, including Asperger's Syndrome (as did a few other of my friends who are teachers and youth workers).
This blog has grown to complement my current studies and interests, in particular getting organisations, people and churches 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.
How come you are talking about autism specifically?
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. My faith is also discussed in reference to autism on occasions too.
What projects are you currently involved in?
I am joint project lead on the Attentiveness to Autism project on my local Methodist circuit, I run workshops and keynote speeches for an education trust and fostering agency in my county and on rotation am on local BBC Radio as Sunday morning current affairs panellist. I am also heavily involved in student support as part of my job at my university.
As part of Attentiveness to Autism, we have run 'autism-friendly' church services and workshops to churches tailored to their needs. I am attending the Additional Needs Methodist Roundtable in September with my minister after a preliminary Roundtable in April.
Recently I presented to a church mental health group in my county. Autism is not mental ill health - it is a neurological difference, but this session did bring autism firmly into the frontline of church discussions.
I'm interested in your projects, how do I get in contact with you?
Please leave a comment on the most recent post and I will do my best to get back to you.