What better way to start off 2018 than with a brand new issue of AU?

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Recommended read: 'I want to be allowed to be autistic'

January's highlights include 'I want to be allowed to be autistic' by Lois - a beautifully written and honest article, exploring the everyday joys and difficulties of life on the autistic spectrum. 

Extract

I want to stroke soothing textures and oooh and ahhh at the way the light hits flower petals. I want to let my dyspraxia run riot so I can walk like a puppet with its strings cut. I want to wallow in hot baths five times a day. I want to smell every rose, every skimmia bush, every sweet pea.

But if I do all that, neurotypicals will laugh at me and say, “That’s not socially acceptable”.

By Lois