Autistics Spoke, and you listened

We spoke, and you listened

Happy Autistics Speaking Day! There is a saying that if you’ve met one Autistic, you’ve met one Autistic. In the spirit of this saying, and of the Autistics Speaking Event, I have decided to describe a number of things about myself for your interest.

  • I can be up, shaved, face washed, dressed, bed made, breakfast eaten and out the door in under 40 minutes from my alarm going off.
  • My stim is pacing, and I once walked 5km to get an ice cream.
  • I find it far easier to communicate through the written word than through speech. This is because the written word gives me the time I need to organise my thoughts properly.
  • I recycle my glass, metal, paper and most of my plastic. I also leave my geyser switched off for all but a few hours each day to save electricity.
  • I’m a reader and commentator at my church.
  • My blood type is O+; I donate blood; in 2009 I received a medal for reaching 50 donations; and less than 36 hours ago, I went and donated.
  • I am afraid of heights, to the point that if I even dream I’m up a tall building I start to panic.
  • I’m an animal lover, and I own a fishtank with at least 13 fish.
  • I will never kill a spider, not even a dangerous one, and I’ve lost count of the number of sac spiders I’ve thrown out of my flat.
  • I am brilliant at Algebra, but terrible at Euclidean Geometry.
  • I’m a Software Test Analyst, and I learnt more about computers in the first two years of my job than in my entire life up till then.
  • My dream job is to make documentaries, and if things had been different I’d probably be a Forensic Auditor.
  • I’m an ardent bibliophile.
  • As a child, my favourite author was Roald Dahl, and I still think that Matilda is the finest children’s book ever written. My favourite author as an adult is Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld Series.
  • I will never again read Dale Brown, Guy Bellamy, or Kathy Lette.
  • I think Red Dwarf is the funniest television show ever.
  • I find Reality TV boooorrrrriiiiinnnngggg!
  • As a general rule, I dislike musicals, and I enjoyed “Mamma Mia!
  • My three favourite songs of all time are: “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel; “I don’t want to wait” by Paula Cole; and “Sacrifice” by Elton John.
  • I can eat almost any foodstuff apart from Tofu – I can’t digest it and it gives me an upset stomach.
  • I’m sensitive to salt. As a child, Marmite would burn the skin around my lips, and I found bacon so salty I couldn’t eat it.

Last month, some organisations proposed a 24 hour Communication Shutdown to start on November 1st in support of Autistic people. The idea was roundly condemned by autistic bloggers, who pointed out that Social Networking was a boon to many autistics. In response, Corina Becker and Kathryn Bjornstad created the event Autistics Speaking Day on Facebook. I am one of the bloggers who joined.

We spoke. Thank you for listening to us.


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About autismjungle

I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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10 Responses to Autistics Spoke, and you listened

  1. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Arlene Taylor says:

    I am speaking out… Proud to be autistic!

  3. Chris says:

    Excellent, Julian!

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  5. Liz Ditz says:

    I’m so glad I can now read your posts, Julian. That 403 Forbidden was a bit discouraging….

    Added this post to the list.

  6. Terrific post (and I’m not just saying that because I adore Red Dwarf!) Thank you for speaking on ASD and every day!

  7. KWombles says:

    Hi Julian, I’ve added this blog to the directory and left your old one up. 🙂

  8. asdmommy says:

    What a delightful list! You sound like a person I’d like to know. I look forward to reading more from you.

    I kept seeing your name pop up again and again while making the rounds Monday, and I finally got the chance to come check you out. 🙂

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