World Autism Week – a view from Jessie
Our second blog in World Autism Week comes from social care consultant Jessie Matthews who is working with us on a short-term basis :
"Today I had a thought about how different situations can often leave me isolated and knowing I am different :
It's when you’re social enough to be invited to things, but often find yourself standing in a room where it feels like nobody knows you.
In a meeting people will tell you what’s going to happen and what you need to do and they’ll ask if you have any questions. But when I’m the only one asking questions while everyone else sits silently, I realise that they didn’t really want queries or input. So why did they ask for it ?
If I’m somewhere there are too many sounds coming from different directions it feels like my head is about to explode and I need to get out.
I am honest and I have empathy. I am loyal but sometimes people abuse that which makes me vulnerable. Sometimes it would be nice for someone to understand my world rather than always expecting me to accept theirs.
However I am unique. My dad told me that when I was born they broke the mould. If only he knew then that really did sum me up."