This is a place to share experiences of autistic adults (because most information and support is aimed at autistic children or parents of autistic children) and ideas for practical actions to make life easier. It’s aimed at both autistic and non-autistic people. Hopefully autistic people can help other autistic people to better deal with issues, and non-autistic people can get a better insight (from autistic people) into what life is like for autistic people and what they find helpful.
It’s important to recognise that what works for one person may not work for another, and how one autistic person experiences the world can (and does) differ to how another autistic person experiences the world. The commonly used phrase is: “If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person”. So, the more people share their experiences, issues, preferences and tips the better.
Autism is not a disease or disability but rather a difference which can sometimes be a disadvantage to some people due to the autistic neurotype not being the dominant neurotype (i.e. there are more people who are not autistic than there are people who are autistic…at the time of writing). It’s also important to say that whilst some autistic people are disabled (just like some non autistic people are disabled) others are not (just like some non autistic people are not disabled). Finally, there is no “look” or way of behaving that defines someone as autistic, just like there is no “look” or way of behaving that defines someone as “neurotypical”/allistic (not autistic). The key is to understand your, and someone else’s, unique experiences, issues, and preferences (whether you/they are autistic or not). Dr Luke Beardon covers this topic brilliantly in his book “Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults” in which he says that “autism + environment = outcome” i.e. an autistic person can do very well in one environment and really struggle in another – their autism hasn’t changed, they haven’t changed, its just the environment that’s changed. Understanding how different environments affect people differently and using that information to get the best out of, and for, people can only be a good thing, for autistic and non-autistic people alike.
Some autistic adults are sharing the things they do that help them, as well as the issues they still struggle with, in a short survey. The results are shared in the pages linked to below, along with tips shared in blogs and other sources.
If you’re an autistic adult, you can add your voice by completing this short survey.
The rest of this website is a collection of resources about autism. If you’d like a resource to be added, or have other feedback, you can do so by providing info via the Contact page.