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An Introduction



Hello.


I am an autistic teenager. My pronouns are she/her.


In the grand scheme of things very few people know I exist. So far, all of my activism (if you can call it that) has taken place from the confines of my bedroom. I have no “platform”, I have little to no impact on state of the world, and I have done nothing of any significance.



But I am here.


I don’t know if anyone will come across An Autistic’s Directory by chance, or if it will prove useful to anyone, but it’s something, and I cannot regret the time, effort and care I put into its creation. If it nothing else, it has helped me by allowing me to feel that I am trying.


So, if you’re reading this, thank you for being here. I hope this Directory is if not useful, just vaguely interesting to you.


I don’t expect it to change a lot, or to become a cited resource by anyone ever, but that’s not what it set out to do. My only aim is provide an opportunity for someone to learn about a service, information or support they might otherwise have never discovered.

We, as autistic humans, are given easily available pathways into very little, but if we aren’t even told about the things that could offer us so much, we stand even less chance of accessing the world in ways that feel safe.


I believe we should be given a comprehensive list and explanations of everything that could support us upon discovering we’re autistic, and I do not think it would be really very hard for medical professionals, therapists, schools, social and diagnostic services to supply this. However, given this is not a practise widely (or at all) observed by such establishments, this is my small scale attempt to improve awareness of resources that I think all autistic individuals should know of.


You deserve access to anything that will make some aspect of your life even a little bit easier.


If there is anything you feel could be included in this inexhaustible collection of information, or if you have any feedback about the layout, accessibility or usefulness of this website, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of every page.


If you feel able to share this with family members, friends, colleagues, online or maybe most importantly with fellow members of autistic communities, I would be very grateful to think my little Directory is reaching as many people as possible. It’s just as ok if you don’t feel able to though! I am grateful for the very fact you stuck with me through this introduction. Thank you for existing.


Keep being you <3


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