Hi. I am Andrew Edwards from Wrexham. I am delighted to be writing the first in what will hopefully be a series of blogs in my capacity as an Autism Together Ambassador for 2019 on various facets of my life experiences with autism.
I have always been proud to be a McParlin. Sometimes it is someone who remembers my great-grandad Eddy who ran what everyone called “Mac’s”, the New Ferry fishmongers and chip shop. However, nothing makes me prouder than when someone asks if I am Tom McParlin’s granddaughter.
I remember the day Austin received his autism diagnosis vividly. I was sat alone in a room with a consultant paediatrician when he said to me, “Your son has autism. I’m sorry, this is a devastating diagnosis.” And that was it…I was shown the door. I was in shock, disbelief and hearing the word ‘autism’ struck fear in me, it was the unknown and I was scared.
My sister was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. Up until that point I believed she was gifted, extremely anxious and often demand avoidant, but never autistic. As a SEN teacher with additional responsibility for ASC provision at the time, I had been arrogantly confident that my sister could not be autistic as too many of her personality traits did not fit with the autism profile I had long understood.
Clayton and Howard went to Santa Susanna in Spain for week’s holiday this autumn. The men were booked into an all-inclusive hotel which had all of the things that they liked. Despite the early start the flight was good and, armed with his visual schedule, Clayton matched up the pictures of his hotel with the real thing when the bus dropped us off so we knew we were at the right place!
Teddy Matthews is transgender and has autism. In his final blog, Teddy brings us up to date. And his world today is a much happier place.
Teddy Matthews is transgender and has autism. Teddy Matthews is transgender and has autism. This is the second of Teddy’s very truthful blogs about his experiences.
Starting a new school or going back to school can be a daunting experience for anyone, but for those on the autism spectrum, it may be more difficult to adjust than others.