by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

Red and yellow tulips face up yo a bright blue sky.
Red and yellow tulips face up yo a bright blue sky.
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by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

When it comes to being on the Autistic spectrum, a ‘staple’ item for many is that of the humble hoodie. They are often a sensory friendly item, easy to put on, and require little skill — always a bonus when it comes to having executive functioning challenges.

Stream lining some processes, such as getting dressed in the morning, can really help. Plus, this also saves precious energy, too. You may be aware of the ‘spoon method’ — but this is quite a popular energy metric within the Autism community.

There are signs of spring being…


by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

A Black woman in a kitchen with her partner. She is holding up a spoon and grinning widely, as her partner chops up some tomatoes.
A Black woman in a kitchen with her partner. She is holding up a spoon and grinning widely, as her partner chops up some tomatoes.
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by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

At first it seemed like a really odd idea — a product of an insomniac brain, tired by being assessed and sized up. The feeling had occurred for some time — the desire for a kind of guidebook to life, where every single piece of helpful information you’d ever need was compiled and written up, bound in paperback covers.

Diagnosed in my late teens with Aspergers Syndrome, it had been a long wait to find out that I was Autistic. The idea was to have this information in place for my GCSES — to enable…


Naughtee is the sassy clothing we disabled ladies need in our lives.

A pink jumper lay folded, written on it is “fresh outta fucks”. A phone and the book “How to Make It Happen” sits next to the jumper.
A pink jumper lay folded, written on it is “fresh outta fucks”. A phone and the book “How to Make It Happen” sits next to the jumper.
(Image from Naughtee’s Etsy Shop. ID: A pink jumper lay folded, written on it is “fresh outta fucks”. A phone, sunglasses and the book “How to Make It Happen” sits next to the jumper.)

Who is Amy?

I’m a 30 something friendly face from Liverpool, I’m someone who just wants to make a difference in the world b being happy and kind. I’ve got so many ideas I’d love to bring to life, but my condition NF2 has other ideas, so I have brought to life Naughtee but Nice because its something I enjoy and can do well. This means I can be creative, sociable and happy to have an identity and a purpose outside of being chronically ill. I love to romanticise everything, it’s definitely a problem so naturally my favourite films are Dirty Dancing and…


Why we have to learn to agitate and challenge the fashion industry.

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Clicking through the website I came across a pair of brown, corduroy trousers that just screamed that 70’s vibe. They were like all my vintage fashion dreams come true and my gut instinct told me, “pop them in your basket, get them, buy them.”

But something held me back.

This something that always held me back came through a lens of shame and embarrassment. This something, I was told in multiple ways on a daily basis, was wrong and should be hidden. This something, I was told by the fashion world, could never fit entirely in with the expected “norm.”…


by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

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by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

If you look online for maybe five minutes, you will see it. Most websites for millennials have a lot of content surrounding it, too. Scroll through Instagram, and you will find multiple posts with platitudes about how it’s okay not to be okay. A former Love Islander has also been appointed an ambassador for it.

We have, although while imperfect, all made so many strides as a society towards better support for mental health.

With a ‘third wave’ in the UK, there have been several warnings around mental health. Yet, there is no research that…


by guest writer Hannah Cotton.

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by guest writer Hannah Cotton.

(Trigger Warning: Sexual assault)

This article was hard to write. In admitting that, I confess that however well rehearsed, I still know fragility when facing my fears. Self-awareness — like a muscle — must be stretched to grow and I’ve become lazy on this topic. Advocating for others has made me forget the reasons why I do what I do. I confess. No matter how well rehearsed or prepared I am, I know the fragility of facing my fears.

I advocate for others as I had to learn to fight for myself.

How do I…


by guest writer Lydia Wilkins

A person sits at a table writing with an orange coloured pen in a thick notebook.
A person sits at a table writing with an orange coloured pen in a thick notebook.
Photo by fotografierende on Unsplash

by guest writer Lydia Wilkins

How would you define the controversial term ‘functioning’? Better still, how would you go about creating an assessment criteria that determines everyone’s level of functioning, and if they are eligible for state support?

Personal Independence Payment (also known as PIP) had been something I had known about for a while. Reflective of my age, David Cameron is the first real Prime Minister I can coherently remember — by that I mean being aware of an election, policy, his function in government. …


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Hi subscribers!

I always want to be truthful, with others and with myself… and this little newsletter for Conscious Being is never going to be weekly. I had all the good intentions (as we all do a lot of the time), but it just wasn’t happening. Why? I have many hats on, I am a magazine editor, a disability awareness consultant, a speaker, and writer, and a lot of the time hobby practicer. I like my hobbies. I like playing piano, reading, crafting, hiking, binge watching the latest on Netflix. And I also am an agitator, someone who likes to…


by guest writer Elvy.

Ready For Adventure is spelt out in tiles across a world map. Shoes and a sleep mask, coins and rail pass are also spread out
Ready For Adventure is spelt out in tiles across a world map. Shoes and a sleep mask, coins and rail pass are also spread out
Photo by Damaris Isenschmid on Unsplash

by guest writer Elvy.

It was summer of 2016 when I found myself stranded alone, somewhere in Denmark with the train station staff telling me there was no way I was getting ramp assistance to get my wheelchair onto the train I needed. The famous “we need at least 24 hours notice” line was relayed (because why would disabled people want to be spontaneous like everyone else). Slightly panicked and mentally going through different scenarios in my head, I saw three men on the platform and a light bulb went on. I approached them and asked them to help carry…


by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

A clear glass shop door with a blue open sign hanging on it.
A clear glass shop door with a blue open sign hanging on it.
Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash

by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

Nostalgia has defined Covid 19. Yet another lockdown in the UK has people looking back to our former lives, hankering for even just a small sense of normality. Some of us are dreaming of the activities we have had to give up for the sake of our collective health — such as turning up to a venue without booking tickets, freely shopping, seeing the latest cinema ‘flick’.

Autistic people have been left stranded, once again, in the response to the pandemic in the UK.

Whilst the brilliant and the brave of the NHS have battled…

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth is a disability activist, Paralympic Medalist and keynote speaker on disability, inclusion, and allyship. linktr.ee/elizabethlwright

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