My name is Kathy Carter, and I curate Spectra.Blog – an autism resource that is most definitely about empathetic awareness and acceptance. Many posts are written by myself, although some will be by other contributors, and they will be credited. The Spectra.Blog website launched in 2017.
I am a writer. I have written professionally since the late 1990s, and have worked in a variety of writing-based roles, from my current job as a creative content writer and journalist, to previous incarnations as deputy editor for a London publishing house, and copywriter at a mar-comms agency. I also worked as production secretary and assistant script editor on a TV drama whose screenwriter was Peter Bowker, creator of the BBC’s excellent programme featuring an autistic boy, called ‘The A Word’. I am also undertaking professional studies and qualifications within the field of autism.
Anyway, I am on the autistic spectrum. My diagnosis is high-functioning autism with an Asperger’s-type profile, so I am an Aspie! Yay! I have a badge and everything*. I was diagnosed in my 40s, like many adults who begin researching autism spectrum conditions when they suspect their family member or child is autistic. Autism does run in our family, although I am not a fan of attaching onto other people’s labels and identities, and talking about them specifically; although suffice to say, autism spectrum conditions are ‘close to home’ for me!
It’s safe to say that autism spectrum disorders are now one of my Special Interests; I love reading about autism and helping to spread the word about ASDs in a positive and well-informed way. Like I say in every blog, I don’t claim to be an expert or state definitive facts about autism; what I write is based on my own experiences and exposures. Thanks for reading!
*I don’t have a badge. They don’t give you a badge. I wish they gave you a badge.
Also published on Medium.