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Accept & Support.

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Over the last week i have been amazed at how accepting and supportive the learning disability team are in how they work with me. This post explores why and how.

So far so good.

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Today is my third morning since we started the new support plan and so far it’s going pretty well. To make it simple, for the first 5 nights the support person i know best has been looking after me and thats gone well.

Independence starts tomorrow.

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My new routine starts tomorrow and it’s a bit scary but also very exciting. We are starting with 5 nights at my flat with the learning disabillity team looking after me.

No masking.

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My approach to the concept of masking and some the the thoughts behind it.

AAC for verbal autistic people.

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I was recently asked over Twitter to share my experiences with AAC, here is a summery of my thoughts.

A taste of independence & autonomy.

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This week has been a huge adventure. I have been staying with friends because the babysitter was unwell and the LD team are not ready to take over yet.

Travelling Tools & Tips.

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Tomorrow i am going to Germany with my freinds. We are visiting the [largest indoor waterpark in the world](german water park indoor largest) for a few days. This is my first trip to mainland europe and my first time in a country with a different language.

With that in mind, i thought it would be useful to share some of the tools i am taking with me and some of the techniques we will use

Language matters: why I can't recommend some autism trainers / authors.

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This post details the conflict I get into when I need to weigh a principle I hold against the pragmatic effect on others.

My Support Network.

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As we get towards the end of 2016 i wanted to document my support network now and also write a bit about the changes which are coming in 2017.

Identity is hard - why I use identity first language

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Some thought on what identity means to me and then how that influences the language I use.

Making my bets: new support plans.

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When i worked in the BBC Radio and Music team one of the senior managers used to use the phrase "making bets" when it came to strategy decisions. I always liked the tone, it was a clear intention, but also an acceptance that it was a guess.

With that in mind, i’m starting to make a few bets of my own with my care.

Where to develop next?

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The last few months have been really positive for me. We have mostly resolved the housing issues which where causing so much of the anxiety. Everyday still feels a bit like an exam, but it’s an exam i am well prepared for and can leave at anytime.

The reduced anxiety gives me a chance to look at how i am approaching my life and to re-evaluate my goals and ambitions.

Abandon Office, Abandon Office...

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Its surprisingly difficult to fit an extra bed into my flat alongside a sensible and safe working environment.

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