A bit of a change of pace for my blog today – a bit serious but, I hope a little bit informative and of interest.

Photo by Félix Prado on Unsplash

Back in the day, I shared a flat with Sara.  We both had full time jobs but also worked some evenings behind the bar in a local night club for a bit of extra money and some fun (mostly for the fun).  We had lots of laughs and enjoyed each other’s company for a year or so before going our separate ways.  I doubt we gave any thought at all to autism, if we’d even heard of it but, since then, autism has had an impact on both our lives to different extents and Sara has made it her mission to promote the understanding, acceptance, inclusion & equality of autistic people.  One way she does this is in her blog ‘An Affinity With A’ and, with her permission,  I wanted to share this from her recent post with you because it seemed so appropriate at this particular time.

Anxious about things beyond your control?
Unsettled by change?
Worried by uncertainty?
Challenged by needing to communicate differently?
Upset by rule breakers?
Struggling to comply with new rules, suddenly imposed?
Concerned about people getting too close?
Annoying others by getting too close?
Difficulty interpreting others intentions … 
will they go left or will they go right?
Resenting enforced isolation?
Irritated by your environment? 
Craving friendship & human contact?
Overwhelmed by information, solutions & strategies?
Protecting with unsubtle accessories?
Creating structure & routine to feel safe?
Reaching out for things that bring comfort & joy?
Unusually absorbed by hobbies & interests?
Losing it?
Frightened for loved ones?
Knowing some won’t make it?
Exhausted from operating in a world different to your natural state of being?
Welcome to our autistic world.
We hope your visit leaves a lasting impression.
Remember us when you’re gone & don’t be a stranger.
Stay safe.

Thanks for reading!


#WorldAutismAwarenessMonth #WorldAutismAcceptance #WorldAutismUnderstanding
#AutismUnderstanding #UnderstandingAutism #WAAM #ActuallyAutistic #AlsoAutistic #AutismRich #ValueAutistics

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on April 8, 2020 - 08:53

    Autism is very bewildering. Thanks for this post.

    • #2 by tialys on April 8, 2020 - 11:06

      It is and I thought Sara’s comparison with the way we are all feeling currently was a good way for people to gain a bit of insight into what it’s like for an autistic person to feel all of the time. Thanks for taking the time to read it Cathy x

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on April 8, 2020 - 10:25

    This is so interesting to read and I thank both Sara and you Lynne for sharing the post. I hadn’t thought of this connection and I’m really glad you have raised my awareness. Thank you.

    • #4 by tialys on April 8, 2020 - 11:09

      I’m glad you found it interesting Pauline. Raising awareness is so important so I’m glad we’ve helped with that. 🧡

  3. #5 by An Affinity With A on April 8, 2020 - 11:19

    Thank you for sharing Lynn … I’m so glad it resonated .. and thank you too for the lovely introduction… we crammed many happy (& treasured) memories into a short time ♥️

    • #6 by tialys on April 8, 2020 - 11:32

      We did. I nearly put a photo of us both in but, as it was the 80s, I thought I’d save us both the embarrassment 😉

  4. #7 by DawnGillDesigns on April 8, 2020 - 11:37


  5. #8 by katechiconi on April 8, 2020 - 12:58

    Yes, in my family too. I knew what the message was by line three; familiar struggles. But as my high-functioning nephew says: at least there ARE rules and he now has a good excuse not to touch things he doesn’t like the texture of…

    • #9 by tialys on April 8, 2020 - 16:23

      It would be even better if he didn’t need an excuse wouldn’t it?

  6. #10 by CurlsnSkirls on April 8, 2020 - 13:42

    Very appropriate, Lynn, and thank you and your friend for sharing this.

  7. #13 by Laurie Graves on April 8, 2020 - 15:18

    Thanks for sharing! In my enforced solitude, I sure do understand all of these.

    • #14 by tialys on April 8, 2020 - 16:25

      Exactly so. Thank you for reading Laurie.

  8. #15 by magpiesue on April 8, 2020 - 19:11

    All four of our granddaughters have placed somewhere on the Autism Spectrum so I have become very familiar with the fears and concerns expressed by Sara. Excellent post. Thanks to both of you.

    • #16 by tialys on April 10, 2020 - 11:41

      The comparison will definitely resonate with you then Sue.

  9. #17 by kathyreeves on April 9, 2020 - 04:48

    A very apt comparison here, thanks for sharing it!

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