Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | May 26, 2022

Alan Turing celebrated

Today the achievements of Alan Turing were celebrated with a train being named after him.

He has been called the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence. He could see different, new ways of doing things.

Why? Because he was autistic, neurodivergent, with a different way of thinking. Autistic and neurodivergent people continue to contribute to modern life.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | May 15, 2022

Welcome Difference

Last night Sheldon Riley performed ‘Not the same’ at the Eurovision Song contest. Wearing a mask, but for different reasons to other performers. He is autistic and gay. The song tells his story of trying to conform to the expected norms. With lower expectations.

Yet there he was, as himself, removing his mask at the end. A mask too many autistic people wear to try to fit in. I hope this will encourage others to be able to remove their masks and be themselves

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | February 23, 2022

Being Undiagnosed Autistic can Lead to Learning Who You Truly Are Much Later in Life

This is so inciteful. I was late diagnosed with autism, some things easy, some things hard. I am still finding out who I am today, and am not ashamed of who I am.

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I have a theory that we are all essentially living the same life. We are born into circumstances that we do not choose. We are raised, more or less, by our families who do the best they can. We learn in and out of school what is expected of us in society, based on other people’s perceptions about what we have to offer. We generally perform those expectations, while learning that they may or may not have been all that accurate or useful from the get-go. We engage in interpersonal relationships in order to learn more about ourselves. We struggle to be recognized for who we really are, rather than who others believe us to be. We grow wiser. We share that wisdom with others in our family, our community and the world. And we hope to have left something lasting of ourselves when we pass on to the next…

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Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | February 22, 2022

Imposter Syndrome

A very interesting post. I’ve suggested improvements, to be told they are not needed, then told I had not contributed ideas.

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Since my autism diagnosis about 2.5 years ago, much of my mental energy has gone into reevaluating and reinterpreting many of my emotions, especially related to work, that I have held my entire adult life. Here are some examples:

  • Other people do not seem to find it difficult to speak up in meetings, but when I do, the conversation stops and others in the room change the subject, so I must have said something wrong or even that there must be something wrong with me.
  • I have done good work, accepted new challenges whenever I was asked and try not to brag unnecessarily about my accomplishments, but when I apply for a promotion, I am told I’m not ready, need to learn to communicate better or am just not “management material.”
  • I have conceived of, created and sustained incentive programs for years within the department, intended to forge relationships between…

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Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | February 18, 2022

International Asperger’s Day

Today is International Asperger’s Day

Asperger’s is part of the Autism Spectrum Condition, part of the Neurodiverse Conditions. People with Asperger’s have great skills, a different way of thinking, and have contributed greatly to the modern world. It, and autism, should be celebrated and accepted.

#autismawareness #autism #mentalhealth #aspergers #nationalaspergers #aspergerssyndrome #aspergersawareness #aspergerslife #ASD #asdawareness #humanresources #humanresources #disabilityawareness #neurodiversity #neurodiversityatwork #aspergersday

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | January 24, 2022

Autistic ways – fidgeting, emotional regulation

I’ve just watched a video talking about the similarities between autism and ADHD, which was very interesting. There are similarities.

What was more interesting though, was that I noticed early on the speaker had a ball which he periodically bounced, held, fidgeted with. To many people this might seen strange, a disruption. Ask how was it helpful for him. Well the fidgeting, if it is anything like me, may have helped him focus, using excess energy, like it does me. At the end he bounced the ball, off the wall and the floor. He also did not always focus on the camera.

Am I saying this was bad, negative behaviour? No. Far from it. It is how we autistic people can be, it is behaviour that can help us. I need to fidget with something when talking, focusing on work. And it has to be the right thing for the task. Looking away to focus on what we are saying also helps. Telling us to look at people to show we are interested does not help either. My shutting my eyes does not mean lack of focus. Rather it means I am blocking out distractions, seeing inside my head, the multiple solutions, how to describe them, however I do, succinctly or round the houses, as I am processing it. When I was told to keep my eyes open at all times when at meetings, or talking, the focus went from thinking about possible issues/solutions, to just concentrating on the correct behaviour and less ideas. I was considered not to be adequately contributing as a result.

Our ways of thinking focussing is just different, telling us to fit in with the normal ways does not work and can be exhausting. Understand us, our ways and we can really contribute.

#autismawareness #mentalhealth #hr #asd #aspergers #asperger #autismacceptance #autistic #energy #flexibility

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | June 23, 2021

Alan Turing – £50 note issued on his birthday

Alan Turing is widely regarded as the father of Modern Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He worked at GCHQ, where a large LGBT inspired artwork has been unveiled. He was also autistic

His work included helping break the German Enigma Code, shortening World War 2 by 2 years possibly, saving millions of lives. This is in addition to conceiving different ways that computers could be used, not previously considered.

He is an example of how important diversity and inclusion is in the work place, whether it be autism or other invisible neurological condition, sexuality or race. His and the contributions of other autistic people should be valued.

#autism #autismawareness #aspergers #aspergerssyndrome #aspergersawareness #autistic #autisticpride

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | June 17, 2021

Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day is 18 June. Tomorrow. Autism brings so many skills and insights into the world. Made the modern world possible, and enabled us to survive many situations and thrive. Just think Alan Turing,

Nikola Tesla, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg. Not to mention those in entertainment, art, sport. Everywhere.

Yet it can be portrayed as something to be ashamed of, cured. Those with it perceived as needing too much help, unable to work assisted. Under represented in work, or in roles below their abilities.

I have struggled in work and only learnt I had autism by being put through a review process by managers who failed to understand me and ultimately being diagnosed. Losing confidence. A common route for many.

This should not be the case. We have so much to be proud of, so many skills, regardless of how autism shows. I can write 14 different ways (either or both hands, mirror, upside down, vertical). I’m not sure how useful this is, but it shows how my brain works differently, like with other autistic people. We should be proud of ourselves, and be valued by others, as we are. Not acting. Members of society.

#autism #autismawareness #autistic #autismacceptance #aspergers #asd #autisticpride #autismspectrumdisorder #autismspectrum

Some more positive traits which are useful, this time in communication, either written or verbal.  Some of these come from my experience, and understanding after my diagnosis.  Please continue to remember that each person with autism is different.  The issues below may overlap in some ways, but I feel it clarifies some of our strengths.  As you read the following consider ‘The Imitation Game’ and Alan Turing’s autistic responses in situations.

  • Straight speaking, no sugar coating – we say what we think, how we say it.
  • Black & white views quite often – we see things clearly, say it, including in problem solving/ prevention
  • A fact is a fact – it is clear to us, it should be considered.  Others have not always recognised this fact
  • No hidden agenda – ie we are not out to hurt others with our actions, and communications
  • Honesty – it is what we think, we will say it.
  • We do not like to hurt other people deliberately – we are sorry when we do.

Where there is no trust, the open communication will stop.  Especially where it is not felt this is not wanted by others.  Meaning to a loss of ideas and problem solving and general discussion.  Not desirable.

Our communication can be misunderstood as we do not always reflect other forms of expected communication, ie voice tone and body language, or simply the phraseology.  However straight speaking should be valued and respected, and considered useful and understood in many areas of life.

These are just some areas we have made our mark.  Look out for more posts.  We are everywhere.

Look out for more from me.  I look forward to hearing from you with yours.

We are also to be seen on TV.  I’ve said about directors, and writers and film related subjects.  We are also in front of the camera on TV, being us, speaking on our passions, spreading them.

Some are open about having autism, with no shame of it.  In fact it can help them.  Just think Chris Packham, Ann Hegerty (The Governess), Guy Martin.  Speaking with enthusiasm, getting into their subjects.  Excelling.

There may be more, just not disclosed, or they may not be aware they have it.  Please tell me of any others you know of.

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