Teddy Matthews is transgender and has autism. Having come to a point in his life where he is proud to be himself, Teddy has told us his story in three very touching and honest blogs, the first of which we publish today.
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.
I was kindly invited by Autism Together to sell five of my paintings at their charity art auction, at the Corke Gallery in Liverpool, and got the chance to be there to see how the evening went. As part of the evening, I also volunteered at the event by helping out with guests.
Autism’s Got Talent 2018 showcased at the Mermaid Theatre in London last weekend, and the show was packed with exciting and diverse talent from those on the autistic spectrum. One performer, Teddy Matthews, had the audience engrossed as he read one of his poems, ‘Autism’, explaining what autism meant to him.
I had begun working at Autism Together in 2013 and in the spring of 2014 my colleague Jane asked to attend a conference in Paris. On her return Jane told me about an academic from America who was demonstrating the use of biometric technology and was discussing a project that he had ongoing in a school in New York state.
Late last year a group of Autism Together staff and service users were specially invited to the opening of a brand new sensory viewing room at Liverpool FC for those on the autism spectrum. We had the chance to experience the new venture whilst watching the Liverpool v Southampton game where Liverpool won 3-0 – what an honour!