AUTISTIC LINCS: Personal and progressive
Autistic Lincs has returned for 2019 and what an intriguing year it is set to be.
My name is Callum Brazzo and to reintroduce myself, I am a 27 year old proudly autistic man living in Spalding, and many months ago I took it upon myself to create this weekly column. Its purpose is to build a bridge between the autistic community and our area.
You may be thinking this isn’t necessary but in the world I live in, from small-scale discrimination and bad practice, to full-on abusive injustice, it is absolutely crucial that I remain as an autistic-led source of information and communication.
If you have been reading Autistic Lincs for some time then you will have an idea of the topics I have covered in the past such as sex and sexuality, homelessness, stimming, politics, masking and Paddy McGuinness!
But I want you all to know that in 2019, I am starting with a clean slate and so it is so important to me that you keep sending in letters, contacting me through social media and any other way you can engage with me because I don’t just write this for myself.
I have endured a struggle of feeling invalid as a then-undiagnosed autistic man with OCD and Tourettes. I have been crippled with anxieties and had to get a taxi to what was my alternative to school. I have been in and out of the SEN department and isolation. I have been a truant hiding in toilets or outside of school.
The reason I tell you these things, and I am very open, is that knowing where I have been helps me know where I can go.
In terms of Autistic Lincs and in life.
Additionally, I am a performance poet who utilises the arts as his main platform of expression for himelf and others and I have good things ahead in 2019.
Indeed, I am also the Project Lead for a new 18+ autistic adult support/action group at Tonic Health and will chat about this more as the weeks go on but I am so appreciative of my platform and I will always attempt to make this particular platform, personal, playful and progressive as we decide where we can go.
TEDx talk on autistic potential:
More info on Autistic Led, every Thursday at Tonic Health 4:30pm – 6:30pm here
Questions on Autistic Led, the new 18+ autistic adult support and action group?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact me on Facebook or through the Free Press or call or text me on 07904 677 813.