AUTISTIC NICK’S TOP TEN FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS
Today marks an auspicious occasion
As I fling open the wooden shutters and allow the sunlight to pour in, I look down across the town square to see excited villagers hurrying around with fixed smiles on their faces
Bunting is being stretched and attached to wooden posts
Tables are having virginal white tablecloths laid onto them
Chairs are being scraped and pushed under the table
The smell of cooking can be smelt for miles around
Wine is being delivered on the back of a donkey
A banner is being placed up high
It reads “Happy 200th Blog post Autistic Nick”
Yes, this milestone is worthy of a celebration and I intend to celebrate it.
So here then are my top ten favourite blog posts from the 200 blogs that I have written.
HOW THE CORONAVIRUS IS AFFECTING MY AUTISM, MY STRESS LEVELS AND MY ANXIETY
I am currently self-isolating as my fear, anger and incomprehension flicker rapidly across my face as my anxiety and stress heighten because of the current coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.
Now with the current confinement measures being in place too this has now abruptly disrupted my normal everyday routine.
THUNBERG V’S BOLT
This week a 59- year-old Australian columnist and political commentator Andrew Bolt attacked 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in one of his columns.
Autism and Disability On TV – Beyond The Stereotype
Australian society seems to be afraid of telling stories about people with disabilities that show the truth of what it really is: difficult, challenging, exhausting and sometimes painful.
Authentic representation matters and when creators, writers and the TV networks get these stories wrong, it distorts how society views people with a disability.
AUTISM AND THE EMPLOYMENT MAZE
Four years ago, at the age of 40, I was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum.
I had spent my whole life feeling like I didn’t fit in to society. As a kid, I was quite shy and socially awkward, so I would often spend the majority of my time on my own with my head in a book.
I was always the “odd one out” in groups and I struggled to cope when there were changes to any routine.
When I finally got confirmation of my Autism diagnosis, I cried with relief.
Autistic Nick, Excel Spreadsheets and the ABC
This week I have been hunched over an Excel spreadsheet with a calculator in one hand and an open tab goggling how best to forget to pay my employee’s their wages.
TEN THINGS THAT AUTISTIC NICK HAS BEEN DOING TO COMBAT BOREDOM DURING MY SELF ISOLATION
Since the coronavirus outbreak hit Australia, every citizen without realising it has morphed into someone from the Hunger Games.
AUTISTIC NICK, THE CORNOVIRUS, MELBOURNE AND THE VIRGIN BANK CLOUD
The villagers of Joondalup awoke to a blazing sun shining in on them, they showered, ate breakfast and went about their daily business, commuting into the heart of the CBD, they looked down onto their phone screens, some took calls, other shook hands, and they thought nothing of it.
But a dark cloud was on the horizon, this would come be known as COVID-19 or to give it it’s proper name Coronavirus.
AUTISTIC NICK’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL ISOLATION AND HOW TO SOCIALLY INTERACT
Most Autistic people want more friends and connections, but many find forming and maintaining social relationships difficult and confusing. The difficulties autistic people can face filtering out the sounds, smells, sights and information can leave them feeling overwhelmed and anxious in busy public spaces. Combined with anxiety about the public misunderstanding their distress, it can be hard to go out at all.
AUTISTIC NICK’S WEEK
Today here in Australia it’s Easter Sunday, in other parts of the world it’s Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon.
This week the Easter Bunny, put in an application on compassionate grounds (people still need to eat chocolate, despite the supermarkets being stripped bare of toilet paper, flour, eggs, cake mixes, Aloe Vera gel (I still cannot let that one go!) and as the bunny waited to enter each of the different Australian states it’s been a week of gasps when I’ve read the news about a celebrity either getting backlash for something which inevitably being linked to COVID-19 or getting praise.
What would dating Autism look like?
I would also like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported me, subscribed to my blog, read my articles, commented, liked and shared on social media and just be down-right wonderful and positive towards me and my story.
Carry On The Conversation
Do you have a favourite blog post of mine that I haven’t included? Let me know in the comments section below