The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Neurotypicality: a handbook on the rest of the world for Asperger’s / autistic people

The best ‘role-reversal’ type piece of autistic blogging that I have yet come across – I will probably be linking to the original again, especially as in not very long I have a birthday coming up that relates to the title of this post…

the silent wave

(Beginning note: this is meant to be equal parts satire, seriousness, and helpful.  It’s not meant to sound superior, condescending, or anything else.  As usual, what follows is strictly my own opinion.  Also, the words allistic and neurotypical (often abbreviated “NT”) are, for these purposes, used interchangeably to refer to non-autistic people.  And last but not least, please understand that this is not directed at all allistic people…only the people who fit the description.)


Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of western civilization lies a small unregarded segment of the population.  This population has a problem, which was this: we’re largely invisible. Many solutions were suggested for this problem (Autism Awareness, Light-It-Up-Blue campaigns, etc), but most of these were largely concerned with “fixing” the people on the spectrum, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the spectrum people that needed fixing. And…

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Why should a young person at the start of their life feel like they want to end it? 

Please read and share this important story.

The poor side of life

Today was our usual Thursday afternoon outside the Jobcentre. The rain kept off and everyone was still in a fairly good mood. It had been a good weekend at the Manchester demonstrations and our visit from Natalie Bennett had given everyone a good morale boost. And quite rightly so, they deserved it. The team are amazing.

Not long after most of our regular attendees had arrived I received a telephone call. It was from a claimant at Ashton Jobcentre. They were panicking and I could hear them crying. I asked what was wrong and they said that they had received a letter stating that they had to attend a work programme course in a different town too far away to walk and they didn’t have enough bus fare to get there. They didn’t know how to get there.

I asked them if they could meet me outside the Jobcentre which…

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Socialism – a personal perspective

This is a splendid post – please read in full


The following was written by T_J_D@elephantlass

You are probably familiar with the usual definition of Socialism as:

a social and economic system characterised by social ownership and/or social control of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system

But for most people, I think, it is a much more personal business. For me, equality is a core belief and this is what motivates me as a Trade Unionist, as well as influencing how I analyse and react to both world/national events, and my relationships with those around me.

I have always been on the left politically and have always voted Labour, with varying degrees of enthusiasm through the years. My political beliefs and values haven’t changed all that much since I was in my twenties but I think…

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