[69] S6, Ep2: Finding the right adventure: autism, resilience, sport and support
Topics in this episode: autism and sport, coming out, reasonable adjustments, resilience, sensory issues, stimming, support, university, writing

Allie Mason is a talent coordinator and author from Cheltenham in the UK. She has a keen interest in sports – especially solo sports – and her children’s non-fiction debut, The Autistic Guide to Adventure, is due to be published in 2023.

Allie is 25 and was diagnosed autistic in 2020, whilst studying for her MA. She is currently training to rollerskate the Berlin Marathon to raise money for the charity Ambitious About Autism.

In our conversation Allie and I talked about:

➡ How we shared our autism diagnoses with friends and family

➡ Why autistic people often struggle with sport and physical activity

➡ How Allie went from an unsporty child to embracing physical adventure and challenge

➡ Ableism in sport

➡ Finding the right activities and the right supports for us as autistic people.

I enjoyed this conversation so much, and how looking at autism through the lens of physical activity revealed so many interesting observations about us.

I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

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.

 

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