The author of Autism Guide is Shaun. He’s in his late thirties and had an adult diagnosis of high functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) in early 2015.
He always knew he was different, and had unique difficulties. It wasn’t until his early 30s, when he was studying about the hacker Gary Mckinnon, that something shook his life. Reading about some of Gary’s difficulties, felt like he was reading about himself. He finally had potential answers as to why he was so different to everyone else. To why he faced so many problems. Where all his friends and family seemed to breeze through life. That was when he went down the long road to finding out if he was autistic/Aspie and finally getting an official diagnosis.
As far as being autistic/Aspie goes, he has done incredibly well in some aspects of his life. He got a degree, masters and teaching qualification. He’s happily married with two kids. He used to teach and now works, full time, as a special needs teacher’s assistant (although only works 40 weeks of the year).
Why is Autism Guide Different
Shaun started blogging five years ago. At the time there were many autistic/Aspie blogs. All of which are brilliant. But he wanted to be different to the rest.
He created Autism Guide to provide the same quality and in depth information that can be found in a book, accessible to all on a website. He’s still got a long way to go in that respect.
Focussing on the Positives
Most of the advice, on this website, comes from Shaun’s own personal experience from his own Autism/Aspergers. Although he puts a great deal of background research into many of the posts he writes. Looking into the official research and anecdotal evidence. To ensure that his experiences match up with other people on the spectrum.
Although autism/Aspergers brings many challenges, it’s also has many benefits. He tries to remain as positive as possible on this website. There is too much out there that focusses on the doom and gloom of autism and Aspergers.