[62] S5, Ep7: Autism assessment and diagnosis, and ungendering the diagnostic process
Topics in this episode: bullying, empathy, friendships, is autism a disability, masking, reasonable adjustments, school, special interests, stimming, the assessment process, university

Victoria is an autistic blogger and PhD student from Manchester in the UK. Diagnosed autistic aged 25, she started an Instagram account and blog called ‘Actually Aspling’ the same year, in 2017. She also has dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has an MSc in Psychology and is currently a PhD student in autism research.

In our conversation we talked about:

➡ Masking, mirroring and empathy

➡ Friendships and bullying

➡ Getting accommodations as a uni student

➡ Autism assessment and diagnosis, and ungendering the diagnostic criteria

➡ Whether autism is a disability or a superpower

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

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I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Victoria’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Actually_aspling/ 

Her blog: https://actuallyaspling.wordpress.com/


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