Been Busy 3 Tilting at Windmills

This particular pointless rant actually started days ago. See Been Busy and Been Busy 2 Fixing the Government I may have told you this before. I was in Centrelink with my mother and daughter, I was sitting separately because during the previous visit my panic attack had badly distressed them. I had a massive panic … Continue reading Been Busy 3 Tilting at Windmills

Been Busy 2 Fixing the Government

Okay I have to come clean; I have not fixed the government. Mainly because no one would let me. I know why, its Machiavellian. I mean I'm autistic, that should be a free pass to the job of Prime Minister. Oh well that is the dream. You know how some people write stuff in parts, … Continue reading Been Busy 2 Fixing the Government

Autism Friendly Shopping

I so hope this comes to Australia.

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Greetings Earthlings! 😀

Shopping can be quite an overwhelming experience for an autist- the hustle and bustle, bright lighting, loud noises, strong smells etc.

As autism friendly events are all the rage at the moment, I decided to take some time to check out Lidl’s weekly autism friendly shopping hours.

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So what’s so special about Lidl’s autism friendly shopping experience?

Every Tuesday from 6-8pm across all Irish stores, Lidl takes the following autism friendly measures:

  • Reduced lighting
  • No music or announcements
  • Lower till scan sounds
  • Priority queuing
  • Offers additional help if requested
  • Assistance dogs are welcome (sadly none of these cuties were around during my visit 😦 )

They also include a sensory map for kids which can be downloaded from their website to show you the layout of the store to familiarize yourself with it, even providing a key to indicate where there may be strong smells, cold areas…

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20 Lessons I’ve Learned From Visiting 20 Countries (Part 2)

This is a great website. If you start reading something about Nepal make sure you navigate back to the beginning. I get involved and forget to read this website but I always go back to where I left off because I don’t want to miss a minute.

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Continuation of last week’s post! Here are 10 more lessons I’ve learned from traveling to 20 countries!

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This is Autism, the hidden disability

This lady has an incredible insight into her Autistic child. Until we all accept that the gift of Autism is also accompanied by incredible challenges for the individual and their family, we are not going to be able to make positive changes. I personally see autism as a positive BUT until we get words that separate the wonderful variation in thinking and sensing from the painful, awful symptoms of autism, seriously what other words can a parent use. My God, you have a great attitude, you are doing so well doing a horrible job, I congratulate all of team Lachlan.

About a boy, a family and Autism

I started this blog as I wanted to create a positive space to show how far we have come, don’t get me wrong my magical wee man has moved mountains to get to where we are today, in this post I am going to be 100% honest with the world about the complete living hell, living with Autism is not just for Lachlan but for his brother and sister and us his parents. This post has been bubbling and building in me for months, I am at breaking point now, exhausted, broken and deeply hurt, this is the result of the constant battle against ignorant people, a system that doesn’t work and an uncaring world.

Every thoughtless coment, wounds.

I now fully understand what other parents meant when they referred to Autism as the hidden disability.

Do you have any idea how much my little boy suffers?

Do you have…

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