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Some of you may know, but I celebrated my birthday on the 22nd January. It was my usual quite night in. That’s the only trouble with being Autistic, you’re not as outgoing at social events as others would like you to be. But then again, where in the rules does it say you have to have a party on your birthday. If you are reading this, and you have someone in your family who is Autistic. Don’t make them do social things if they don’t feel comfortable doing it. Trust me, pushing people like that into party’s and things are a very silly thing to do. Especially for the youngest of us with Autism. I did find it difficult recently, at my company’s Christmas do.   I’d gone there because my family had been pushing me to do more socialising. As if I don’t have enough attention every day from having to deal with customers and members of the public I don’t know. Everyone else of course was doing their usual of being loud and drinking until they wet themselves. And of course, there I was, around my table with a few people I knew. But it didn’t last long;…

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News Update

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Hello folks, just a quick news update for you. Just to let you know, I will be appearing as a guest speaker at the Action for Asperger’s AGM on Sunday 15th April 2018. My topic I have been chosen to talk about it daily struggles with Autism, and day to day living on the spectrum. Overcoming many obstacles and troubles in day to day life. Plus, all of my new services are now open. E-mail contacts for employers who have Autistic people in their workforce. As well as all of my usual support with friends and family. Also, a final point. I shall be appearing on the Daily Spark Radio Show on 99.1 Atlanta FM Radio in the United States of America. I don’t know when the release date will be on it. But I will be sure to add it in my oncoming blogs. Stay cool everyone. Do not hesitate to contact me, click here to arrange a meeting, send me an email at Author@StuartParish.com or Follow me below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Stuart Parish Writer, author and Workplace Aspie Veteran.

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Happy New Year!

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Greetings, and a very happy new year to all my followers, tweeters and fellow blogs in the world and on the world wide web. It’s 2018, it only felt like 2008 a minute ago. Where’s half my life gone. Anyway, some good news to come from 2018. First, and this is official. I have been invited to appear on a radio show in Atlanta, USA. I don’t have a date when the broadcast will go out. But rest assured, you will be the first too know about it. Second, I will also be attending a number of talks across the country in the coming year. This will include the Action for Asperger’s AGM due to take place in the new future. Welcome to 2018 everyone, and have a happy and fantastic New Year.   Do not hesitate to contact me, click here to arrange a meeting, send me an email at Author@StuartParish.com or Follow me below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Stuart Parish Writer, author and Workplace Aspie Veteran.  

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Employable..Me

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I don’t know if any of you have been watching the series ‘Employable Me’ on BBC Two. I’d been watching some of the episodes on Iplayer whenever I can, because of my work schedules. The program itself follows people with disabilities and learning difficulties who are trying to get into the world of work across the UK. They are offered help by employers, counsellors and even their own families. But the one thing that got my attention overall was the two individuals on the show with ASD. The first was 26-year-old Alan, who has high functioning Autism, the second was 46-year-old Erica, with Asperger’s Syndrome. Alan was the one who had me going, he went for a work placement at the energy company E-on.   During his placement there, Alan demonstrated every single skill an Aspie processes, the ability to spot patterns and to be precise and acute, to a high point that would match anyone else. So, the company gave him a exercise, where he was too gather data on customer energy use and then report it to his higher management in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. The program showed him do this exceptional well, and even though…

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Action for Aspergers Week

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Six weeks ago, I sat down in front of my TV as did many others; to watch series two of the BBC drama, The A Word. The series as many of you may have seen, began with Autistic Joe sitting on the roof of his local school in a world of his own. Now after six episodes and many twists and turns. The most surprising revelation is the attitude of the parents. In the first series Joe’s mother Alison was the one with the troubles and worries. Now in series two, the father Paul is the one who is suffering, as he’s been forced to omit certain truths about how he feels about Joe’s autism.   Being on the spectrum myself, I can relate to this. As my parents went through a similar stage when I was at that age. This is a process most psychologists would call ‘the denial’ process. In most cases, this can happen on at least two occasions. In some incidences maybe more. In my case, my parents went through it when I was about five years old in Reception and lower school years. When a friendly teacher within the school suggested that I may be…

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Open letter to Employers & Business Owners

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First of all; I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all my readers, followers and fans. I start this week’s blog by asking this question. Are you a business owner, do you employ anyone to work for you? Are any of those employees on the Autism Spectrum? If so, are you finding it hard to understand or realise their true talents or there different ways or working. Well, you may be able to find some answers to these questions in a new scheme, which I will be rolling out from the 1st January 2018. As people know, Autism is covered in many ways.   But one section that it never gets covered a lot in, is in the workplace. And more importantly, how employers can offer support and help to their employees who are on the Autism Spectrum. My scheme is this; as of January 2018, if you are an employer or company owner; you will be able to send me an e-mail, messages on Facebook, Twitter, etc; and you can get free advice on how to best help and support someone in your workplace who is on the Autism Spectrum.   Do not hesitate to contact…

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The Sprinter Called Road Runner

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..and her claim to fame ! A quick story for you on this week’s blog. As well as writing about Autism and living with it; I also have a job as a delivery driver, with my very mighty and legendary van, Road Runner. Known as Firebird 2 in my book Wheels of Thunder. Up until now, I was under the impression that my book wasn’t well known about in the wider world, and certainly didn’t have a huge fan base. I got the shock of my life though, when I was told to do a delivery to a company in the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, UK. And this chap came out to take in the delivery I had brought him.   For the sake of the record, as the chap in question wishes to remain confidential. We shall call this man ‘Mike’. Mike was the man who came out to me, to see what I had. I climbed down from the cab, and told him what I had. When I finished offloaded my products, I came around the front to see where Mike had gone, as he had disappeared whilst offloading. I eventually found him staring at the front of…

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Stuart Parish announces – ‘New book on the way’

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I have been suppressing this for some time, but I now feel it’s time that I reveal to you the news I’ve been holding back. Wheels of Thunder is not my only project. I can reveal that work has started on the next book in the series I have dubbed ‘the Robson Saga’. The new book will be a prequel to Wheels of Thunder, going back before Stuart Robson’s racing success with his latest racing machine, known as ‘Thunderbolt’. As normal, the main theme for the book is Stuart’s Asperger’s, and how he tries to deal with it in his final school days and going forward out into the world of work. In the background however, another story is taking place. That which shares the title of the book; FIREBIRDS.   But what are the Firebirds you may ask. Well most of you who grew up in the 60s and 90s will think back to the Thunderbirds and their top-secret island base, from which they launched and attempted daring rescues in each episode; usually on a Wednesday night on BBC Two. The Firebird machines however are not as impressive sadly, but they are still practical and unique to their designs…

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A pleasant surprise !

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Up until now, I’ve never done public speaking. I guess it was always something left to the people with Doctor, Professor or another title to their name. I unfortunately don’t have a rank like that. But I was still surprised when I was contacted by a lady who ran a charity to do with help those with Autism, who asked me if I could do a talk on the daily struggles of life with Autism. I said yes almost straight away, I guess I wasn’t really thinking when I said it. I suppose that is what happens when you’re on the spur of the moment. At least I’ve got some time to prepare a good presentation for everything, all 150 of them. THE EVENT The event has been labelled as the Extraordindary Lives conference, aimed at celebrating the success and motivational goals behind 6 individuals diagnosed with ASD, one being myself. It will take place on December the 10th, 2017 at the Kettering Park Hotel and Spa, which is located at Kettering Park Way, Kettering, NN15 6XT.   A BIT ABOUT THE CHARITY  Action for Asperger’s utilises the skills of a number of qualified counsellors who also specialise academically and/or…

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Living .. The A Word

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Having been a writer, I can tell why people would want another book or series. If the first was a complete success. For example, when I heard the news the BBC’s drama series ‘the A word’ was going to be making a comeback for a second series. I was keen to finish my days’ work to get home and watch it. Having seen the first series, and how well explained the condition of Autism was. I was rather looking forward to seeing the next one. Set two years after the first series. Life for Joe, the young lad in the drama who has Autism, and his family. Life has adjusted slowly; but as with all forms of Autistic life, trouble is never usually far away. In the first episode of series two of ‘the A word’, Joe has managed to find his way onto the school roof. Of course, all the teachers are in panic mode, in case he falls off, and the kids in the playground are at a loss of what to think of it all.    As a young child myself living with ASD, I certainly never climbed onto any roofs to get away from anything. But…

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