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Autism from the inside


In The Last Ten Years

Looking Back

The last ten years have been very intersting in 2009 I was recently out of the Mental Health Services with two personality disorders, auditory hallucinations and psychosis, I was self harming and attempted suicide.

Early Infancy

By clinical observations I was serverely autistic, I was profoundly meaning deaf, meaning blind, body disconnected, oral apraxic and didn’t gain functional speech till later in infancy. I was and am thankful to my parents who had no means of any interventions (in the late 80s many were dated).

In 2010 I was diagnosed with autism and OCD and my speaking career started off in which I went freelance in 2015.

“Standards of Success”

By “non-autistic” standards I “made it” in many ways I suppose. I was considered “retarded” by the village I lived in and was targeted and bullied by the children and adults till my mid-teens.

Education

I was targeted and bullied at school from primary to secondary when I finally left in 2002 (with an isolated incident of sexual abuse) in the latter.

I went on to do an ICT coursecfor a year and had the greatest experience of my life from and educational perspective it proved I could be educated.

Bullying and Employment

The bullying in employment started in 2002/3 so multiple jobs were lost and gained.

I was thankful to the autism base in Chinnor in around 2008/9 for supporting me as well as the start of my speaking career in 2010. Over that period of time I wrote and authored 5 books.

The bullying in employment stopped in 2015 when I went freelance and started working for My World.

This is longest time in employment that I have been safe, comfortable and seen as a part of the team.

I Am A Person-First

People wonder why I use “person-first language” this is why because I do not want to be defined by a “label”. I do not like serperatist “them and us, us and them” rhetoric we (as beings) are all a part of the human race

From 2013 onwards to now I am pleased to have met some of the most wonderful and friendly people in both my personal and professional life.

Love and Life

I lost my Gramp in March 2017 due to metatastic prostate cancer, one of my dearest friends and mentors Polly (Donna Williams) in April that year also to metatastic breast cancer and my Nan in December 2019 due to pneumonia. I shall always cherish my fondest memories of them.

I almost lost my Dad in 2011 due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia and then meningitis in 2018 as well as my Mum in May 2019 due to a complex thrombotic disease.

Creative Mindsets

I have had great fun dabbling in art, poetry and what I call “insta-modelling” in which to my surprise and support from my friends up north has been rather enjoyable!

I have been interested in androgyny for many years prior and have been told I look as such.

One of things I can do well is pluck my eyebrows which I consider an achievement as much as anything else! 😉

Conclusion

So look beyond what is here, look beyond what is heard, what is seen, what is touched and sense people because every cherished little person is special and of equal valor and humility in this world.

Paul Isaacs 2020


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My World- Autism, Ethos & Humanity

I am pleased an eagerly proud to be working for a small autism organisation called My World and day centre for people on the autism spectrum. This summer it shall be four years of service to which I have contributed my consultancy work.

With people who have a narrow, conceited and reductive view of what autism “is” and how one is supposed to “act” and “behave” noting that it has “one look” so therefore “one approach and intervention” is wrong and that doesn’t happen here.

At My World all the caring and empathic staff are valued, open-minded and willing to learn this means that what is taken is a person-centred approach, looking at the person’s mental health, learning styles, information processing challenges and ultimately sees them as people or equal worth and value going about their day and purcuits.

Our success is our ethos, open-mind natures, ability to learn new things and approaches and empathy which encourages people in the end to be the best version of themselves.

Paul Isaacs 2019


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Nita Jackson – Advocate, Speaker & Author On The Autism Spectrum

Nita 1 August  2012OVERVIEW

I had the privilege of meeting Nita at at National Autistic Society Conference in 2011 which was about Autism and Diagnosis, herself and her Mum Carolann talked about communication, sensory difficulties on the spectrum along with autism and employment. Nita was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in her teens, she is a very humorous and outgoing person and her passions along with autism is art, music, singing, languages and writing. She has been presenting speeches in the UK for over 10 years on the subject of autism (and other co-conditions and topics)

Nita  is also very passionate about Autism and employment and that accessibility is crucial for inclusion and equality and continues to do so through the medium of speeches and books. She has written an autobiography “Standing Down, Falling Up”  which is very provocative and empowering read, her chapter on echolalia and language was included in Tony Attwood’s “The Complete Guide To Asperger’s Syndrome”  and recently she was in the book entitled “AutiPower!” which is about living and employment on the Autism Spectrum.

She is paving the way for others on the spectrum. 🙂

NITA’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

AUTIPOWER!

NITA’S WEBSITE

FRIENDSHIP

SAFE SUPPORTING ASPERGER FAMILIES IN ESSEX WEBSITE

Paul Isaacs 2014


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My Autie Books 3 – A Pocket Size Practical Guide

A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum

A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum

OVERVIEW

“A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum”

Foreword By Prof. Tony Attwood

Book Description

Paul Isaacs was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 and later diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome in 2012. He has worked for Autism Oxford since 2010 presenting speeches and training sessions all around the UK. He has released his autobiography through Chipmunka entitled “Living Through The Haze” & memoirs of visual fragmentation entitled “Life Through A Kaleidoscope”. This book is written in an easy to read format for parents, professionals and people on the autistic spectrum and offers help with everyday social situations, tips and strategies for education, employment, self-care skills and more it has been written from the author’s perspective and the help is from his autistic parents and through trial and error to help others on the autism spectrum to thrive and be happy.

 

AMAZON.COM

AMAZON.CO.UK

Paul Isaacs 2014