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Welcome to the April edition of the Spectrum.

Changes are happening around us, most noticeably for me Brexit and the Covid-19 flu pandemic, and autistic people have long been characterised as having problems coping with change. But of course that’s not really true. Just like anyone else, we have problems coping with unexpected stresses — it’s the uncertainty that people, all people, autistic or not, struggle to cope with. I think we differ only in the sorts of changes that we can foresee, having had very different upbringings and life experiences to neurotypical people. And very different sensory environments to most people, with no allowances made, usually, even in specialist settings.

So I think now is a good time to bring our anxieties and coping strategies over uncertainty out into the open and see if we can help each other.

As ever, I will look forward to the postbag.

Yours,

the Editor