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Stories from the Spectrum

‘Stories from the Spectrum’ features voices from across the autism spectrum and highlights the rich variety of autistic experience. There are funny stories, thought-provoking stories, moving and challenging stories. 

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Daniel Watkins

"Having autistic children has definitely changed me for the better."

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Harri Wilson

"When I have autistic patients, I always take particular care to find out their needs and make sure they are met."

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Travis George Smith

"The A Word has broadened people's minds and inspired them to find out more about autism."

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Molly Bradford

"Communication isn't something you are taught, yet you are expected to just know all the rules."

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Ella Sanderson

"I wrote about my Asperger syndrome to help people understand what life on the spectrum is like."

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Patience Agbabi

"I want to inspire autistic girls out there with a strong autistic heroine."

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Thomas Henley

"I've always been really focused when it comes to something I'm interested in, which helped me with Taekwondo."

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Barrington

"Online gaming means autistic people can play in an environment where we feel comfortable."

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Grace Liu

"Autism is a significant part of my life, but not the only part, and I want my blog to reflect that."

Laura James (autistic journalist and ambassador for our charity)

Laura James

"In these strange times, I think non-autistic people are seeing the world through a more autistic lens."

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Spencer Cotterell

"I didn't speak until I was five, but I communicated through drawings."

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Sam and Angela

"Society is much more open to talking about autism. I hope it can continue."

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Camilla Pang

"Processing sensory input changes day to day, which can be good because it makes you more creative, but can also feel chaotic."

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Wesley and Elainea

"Our supper club has made me feel more confident, not only cooking but opening up conversations through food."

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Emma Finch

"I wanted to be very open about my diagnosis, as it is nothing to be ashamed of."
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Anna and Judith

"Don't try to change autistic people, accept their differences."

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Ethan and Emma

"The only thing I would change is a society that helps Ethan feel more supported."

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Sarah Hope

"I am over-sensitive to sensory stimulus, which is difficult in many aspects of life, not just basketball." 

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Purple Ella

"Don’t feel like you have to hide your autism from your children. That way they know what's going on and don’t worry."
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Will Coetzer

"Autism is like a fingerprint. Everyone has a version yet each is unique."

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Alex, Jenny and Ben

"Perhaps Ben sees things we don't, or the camera helps him focus on specific objects."

Amanda Gibbs (creator of the Autism Alert Card and Passport scheme) receiving a certificate

Amanda Gibbs

"I decided to try to improve future contact with the police for as many autistic people as possible."

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IndieAndy's Valentine's Day story

"Autistic people can bring a lot to the table in relationships."

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Talia Grant

"As a child I didn't know who I was because I didn't see people like me."

Leo Capella

Leo Capella

"Being awarded Employee of the Year has been my proudest moment."

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James and Louise's diagnosis story

"With James' diagnosis we could start the next phase in our lives."

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The Goth

"The Spectrum is a self-help magazine. Readers know what the writers are talking about because they're experiencing it too."

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Charl Davies

"It’s tough living in a world that wasn’t built with autism in mind, but when I'm tattooing I'm lost in my own world."

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IndieAndy's Spooky Story

"Uncertainty is something I find scary as an autistic person."

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James and Louise Williams

"I often think back to James’ first day at school, and how I sensed even then he was unique."

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Rachel Townson

"I would love for midwives to make small changes to their communication style, and understand the needs of autistic women."

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Bethany Black

"My stand-up is very personal. I tell stories, I overshare, so talking about being autistic has become a central part of my act."

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

“I know what colour or shape I’m feeling, but I often struggle to express myself with words.” 

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Helen Ellis

"I have a specific set of things I take to rugby matches, as they ease my anxiety by being familiar and trusted."

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Dan Jones

"Video conventions should be autism friendly as there is a thriving community that want to go to these events."

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Florence Leslie

"It has been an honour to launch Stories from the Spectrum, and to listen to and edit people’s stories."

Sara Mangera

Sara Mangera

“Small changes to the environment can allow autistic people and their families to become a part of their community.”

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Alis Rowe

"I use The Girl with the Curly Hair character to explain what being autistic can be like."

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Eva Gibbs

"As I grew up, I still didn't find boys that interesting, but I assumed it was because I was autistic."

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Ronnie Pinder

"Being a dad is one of the easiest things I've ever done."

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Alexis Quinn

"Rarely an hour goes by that I don't think about what happened in hospital."

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John Pendal

"My memories of events are different from the audience, so I try and bring them into my world."

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Bellastration

"Bella processes her thoughts in pictures and develops all her ideas through drawing."

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Danielle and Freddie

"It's important for us to have help from disability social workers, as our family is increasingly isolated."

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Connor Ward and Dan Jones

“We wanted to celebrate how social media has helped so many people in the autistic community.”
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Sara Gibbs

"I think there’s a lack of understanding of how autism can present in girls, who are often socialised differently."

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Daniel

"Not a single day goes by that I don't watch This Morning."

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Glen Brown

"Swimming for the National Autistic Society was the incentive to get active."

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Wenn Lawson

"Listen to the individual, work together to support autistic people questioning their gender."

James Sinclair

James Sinclair

“I can push back the noise from a crowd but, inevitably, one voice, cough or laugh breaks through, invading my thoughts and ruining my day.”

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Harry Wells

"Society needs to acknowledge that people are all very different."

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Pablo

"Pablo deconstructs the misconceptions about autism and celebrates the power of imagination." - Sumita on writing for Pablo.

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Connor Ward

"A fear I have is that I will be judged for over-reacting. It makes it scary to ask for help."

Ellie

Ellie Pinnington

"Speak slower. Having pictures." - Ellie's advice to the public on how to support autistic people. 

Sumita Majumdar

Sumita Majumdar

"I lose the ability to properly process or make sense of incoming information, like the whole system has stopped."

Carly Jones

Carly Jones

"I know if I’m planning anything that overloads my senses, I have to make sacrifices."

Peter Street

Peter Street

"I imagine autistic people can still be very preoccupied with how society wants them to act, but you can choose to be free."

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Last updated: 21/05/2020 12:20:10