I was officially diagnosed a few months ago. I was initially assessed for autism in the early 2000’s, but the assessor said that I couldn’t be autistic because I had played with a toy teapot. During this meeting, I also bit the assessor's hand when he shook a jar, hid his keys, and more. During this time period, autism wasn’t as heard of. There was no record of this assessment in my NHS files. I’m not cured, but I have learned coping strategies so my condition isn’t as noticeable as it was when I was 4 or 5.
I’m currently on ESA while my support workers attempt to secure sheltered employment for me. I get support from the Connexions service run by Hull City Council, focused on getting clients into education, employment, or training. For me, they provide emotional and moral support. CatZero, in addition to my family and friends, also provide a lot of emotional support.
I struggle with changes, even small ones. It helps when I try to work up to it. I have to have food and clothes from specific places. When I was young, I had meltdowns over small things.
Until I turned 16, I had a fascination with being tickled. I didn’t like being touched if I wasn’t being tickled. When my feet were tickled it would relax me and make me laugh! I still like being tickled now, but I’m not as fascinated with it anymore.
I think schools should offer education about autism and other hidden disabilities to hopefully decrease stigma and fear. I wish that neurotypicals knew that although people with autism struggle, they try their best every day.
I want other autistic people to never change themselves for anyone. The right people will find you and like you for who you are. You are perfect.
What I’m most proud of? Completing and releasing my book, Relate. You can find it on Amazon!