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My name is Kathy Carter, and I curate Spectra.Blog – an #actuallyautistic 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 am also undertaking professional studies and qualifications within the field of autism (2018-2019). My fourth book (and my first concerning autism) is scheduled for release summer 2019, titled: ‘Autism from A-Z: presented by Spectra Blog‘. (I also hope to undertake counselling training / qualifications (2019-2023), and thereafter to specialise in working with people with anxiety disorders.)

Anyway, down to the juicy stuff; I am on the autistic spectrum. My diagnosis is 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 a family member is autistic.

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 (autism spectrum disorders) / ASCs (autism spectrum conditions) 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.