Commuting three times a week often has me stressed out. I live in the Heartland of where Southern rail operates; the last year at college was dominated by this. "Lydia, do you know where ...... is? "Late due to the trains!" This would later just be shorted to "trains" with the more and more strikes … Continue reading Making commuting more Autism friendly.
As some of you may know, one of my pencils is Abbie, from Abbiechic.com; earlier this year, we met, up, and explored Brighton. (See my post here.) She very kindly sent me a book by her husband, Dan. He has autism, yet writes about it, creates youtube videos, and more. So: I wished to find … Continue reading Interview: Dan Jones, Autistic YouTuber and Author.
September seems a long time ago, doesn't it? It was just over two months that I started my NCTJ qualification; in that amount of time, I have learnt a lot. And I have been immersed in 'being a journalist'-if you can call me that. Therefore, I thought that I would share with you what I … Continue reading Two months on the NCTJ: here’s what I’ve learnt.
"Why bother being a journalist?" is a question I get asked a lot; it seemingly doesn't fit with what people think of me. Because it wasn't always an ambition of mine; firstly, I wished to be a writer. And a journalist is not always looked upon well-enough for stereotypes to be flung at me regularly. … Continue reading Why bother to be a journalist?
Disclaimer: this post contains PR samples that I was gifted, however this was at my own request, for the purpose of this review. As somebody with Aspergers, I have a bit of a 'picky' attitude to food-and I think it's a hypersensitivity issue. I cannot stand membrane foods like peas or sweetcorn-the 'snap' when you bite … Continue reading The Aspergers guide to food.*
Ever since I saw this post on Jump For Journalism, I have been intrigued-as well as worried-about Vox Pops. (For you 'non-Journo' folks, this means taking a sample of people-the more varied the better, in order to be representative-and asking one particular question to get a range of answers on a single issue. Imagine my … Continue reading To Vox Pop or not to Vox Pop?
Disclaimer: I was sent the backpack in this post by a company called YourDesign, at my own request for a review. However, this post contains my honest opinion. Students! We have a lot of heavy textbooks, don't we? And I know that I am only a part time student-two nights and one day a week-so, in … Continue reading What’s in my bag? NCTJ edition.
Disclaimer: at my own request, I was allowed to design this backpack, and keep it, in exchange for a review. What follows is my own opinion. Hello! When looking for a new bag, I came across Yourdesign, a company that allows you to have a certain amount of creative freedom in designing products. Typically when … Continue reading Yourdesign Fashion Backpack Review*
Recently, I have become more than just a bit cross at seeing the "latest celebrity" talking about curing Autism-and I think it's really sad that a major figurehead talked about "discipling people with Autism properly", because to them it was a non-existent condition. So, I had to write this. Dear X, I will not be … Continue reading “We are not in need of a cure”; an open letter.
I have been thinking a lot, lately, about my time spent in mainstream education; I came to the conclusion that although I learnt a lot-about people, how to behave, a love of history, etc-I still think a lot more could have been done in terms of support. I'm not disparaging the learning support I was … Continue reading Having Aspergers and being in mainstream education.