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Christmas stories: Kerise Vowles-Myers

"Communication and empathy were huge issues when Daniel and I first got together seven years ago."

Kerise Vowles-Myers, autistic woman and interior designer


Next on our Christmas list is Kerise Vowles-Myers, autistic woman and interior designer. Her husband Daniel and six-year-old son Leo are also autistic. Kerise chats to us about being part of an all-autistic family, the inspiration behind her interior design, and Christmas in the time of coronavirus.

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Daniel doesn’t really seem bothered and just gets on with it. It can be challenging at times. Communication and empathy were huge issues when we first got together seven years ago.

"Communication and empathy were huge issues when Daniel and I first got together seven years ago."


None of you are alone. We are a small family. All three of us are autistic, with varying support needs. We’re still going strong and even though some days my husband and my son can do my head in, I love them dearly and have no regrets. It takes time and patience, but you will get to where you all want to be eventually.
 

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"Being around our family at Christmas is what we love most, even if it gets quite overwhelming and loud at times." 

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Sometimes we make our own decorations, which saves a lot of money and helps us avoid the stress of panic buying. We get some colourful paper cards, cut them out into rings, and use them as decorations.  

A friend of mine gathers large autumn leaves, sticks them all in a line of string, and hangs them up around the house. We tried that this year, and it works really well.

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