Opening a closing door

Happy in School

Firstly autism is not a mental health disorder; it’s a neurological condition that affects the brain. Autistic people are different, but that difference need not be a disadvantage. Read that again. Autistic people are individual and their autism presents itself as uniquely and individually as they are. In my opinion, a person’s autism is so unique and individualised, it is easy to misunderstand or label it as something else.

How many doors do you have a push against to get help?

Autistic people, experience cruelty and unkindness because of their difference, and it is this persistent unkindness and enforcement of trying to conform to a set of behaviours that are not inherently ‘natural,’ that creates mental health difficulties. Experiencing sustained discrimination and in some cases overt dislike can create trauma in an individual. Many autistic people will attest to a series of experiences in their formative years that amount to…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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