Personal stories and experiences, sharing and openly discussing them, are what make any awareness campaign meaningful. Autism and the journey for its acceptance and active inclusion is no different, and AsIAm would like to hear yours.
Whether you’re a family member, a teacher, a colleague, or on the spectrum yourself, we’re always keen for people to share their stories and experiences about autism with us.
We’re interested in content on any topic that interests you and that you think will interest your peers. Here are some ideas:
What was it like for you when you or your family member was being diagnosed? How did you find the process? What’s changed for the better in your life since receiving a diagnosis? Have you any advice for those seeking an assessment or who are newly diagnosed?
COMMUNITY & ADVOCACY
Do you know of any autism support groups in your local are? Are you involved in any? What kind of activities do they do? If not, what would you like to see in one if there was?
Did you or your family member attend a special school or an autism class within a mainstream setting? What kinds of supports did you receive whilst going through school? Did any of them change and why? If you had any tips for anyone else on the spectrum or their families who’re in school at the moment, what would they be?
EMPLOYMENT & WORKING LIFE
Are you trying to decide what career suits you best? Do you know what you want to do and are just starting on your journey? What do you think makes an autism-friendly workplace? What was job-hunting like for you and being on the spectrum? How can family members and friends offer support while you’re searching for work?
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
What’s your home life like living on the spectrum or with someone who is? Are there many members of your family who are also autistic? What’s the dating experience like whilst on the spectrum? Is there any advice you’d like to give to others?
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Do you live with or know someone who has a lifelong health condition? Are you experiencing any problems in your mental health? Do you have a supportive network of friends and family members who you can talk to? What supports are you receiving? How do you care for yourself and your mind? Is there any advice you might have for other people going through similar struggles?
Have you a routine that helps you organise your day? What are your special interests that you love to talk about? Is there film, TV series or book about autism that you’ve seen recently and have an opinion on? Are you interested in politics or current affairs? What interests you in Ireland and the wider world?
Do you or someone you know work with autistic people? What is that you do? Have you any autistic colleagues? What’s it like working with them?
- I’ve never written a blog or anything like it before, where do I start? Don’t worry if you’re struggling to put your thoughts into a clear structure. We’re always on hand to help out with anything that’s blocking your inner writer!
- Am I allowed to write something even if I’m not autistic or know anyone who is? Absolutely! We’re open to all and any contributors who’ve an interest in autism. New insights and questions are always welcome for starting conversations about the condition in wider society.
- How long can a blog be? Ideally in and around 500-600 words. We’re not expecting huge essays, but we encourage our contributors to have a clear structure to their submissions. Know what you what to say and build a plan to help. If you feel you’ve more to say, let us know and we can be flexible!
- Can I share what I’ve written with other people? Share it to your heart’s content! The more people talking about autism and reading about the different experiences of people living with the better.
- Does the article need approval from AsIAm before it can be published? As a rule, we edit submissions where we feel appropriate. This doesn’t mean tearing up the blog and writing a new one, usually doing a couple of spellchecks and polishing up the grammar here and there! If we do feel that what’s been submitted doesn’t fit with our mission values however, then we’ll be in touch to talk about what can be done.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT A BLOG?
Email our Information Officer at email@example.com, and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can. Similarly, if you’ve any questions or specifics you’d like for us to know, let Gáibhin know! All articles should be in and around 500-600 words and have a clear title relevant to their chosen topic.