A new member of the team has appeared! (Yes, that is a Smash reference.)
Hello, I’m Aiden Tsen! I’m a 20-year-old Londoner who was diagnosed with Atypical Autism at the age of 13. In addition to being Autistic, I’m also multiply LGBTQ+ (bi and non-binary – any pronouns are good with me) and British Born Chinese, and I dropped out of university due to developing long-COVID.
When I was stumped as to what to do next, I started doing public speaking with a small Zoom talk for some ex-colleagues, friends and their friends. Since I started a website for it, I decided to start writing articles as well. And then when I realised I had no featured images, I started to draw the artwork for my website too!
A lot of things have happened in three months. I’ve given paid talks in collaboration with Ambitious about Autism, and I’ve got a few more paid talks that I’ve arranged myself coming up as well. Now I even get paid for some of my writing, so I have multiple sources of freelancing income. I even got to talk about long-COVID on BBC Newsbeat! My highlight though is when I got to talk at Autscape about volunteering and Pokémon, two of my special interests!
That’s how I met Nanny Aut and so we’ve been discussing how I can get involved. The result: now I’ll be contributing to Aut Thoughts on a fairly regular basis. I’ll also be helping with Artistic Autistic since I produce creative work as well, with multiple Instagram art accounts.
If there were three core pieces of my work on autism so far, they would be:
- The dual blessing and curse of diagnosis – a reflective piece on the impact, positive and negative, that finding out I’m Autistic had on me
- Autism and Language: Agitation, Part 2 – a more nicely written version of a post that I wrote while nonspeaking and unable to form coherent sentences
- Portraying Status while openly Disabled – thoughts on how I navigate being openly disabled while also keeping a public speaking persona
I’d like to thank Nanny Aut for asking me if I’d like to get involved! Autistic Village is a really cool project so I’m very excited 😊 [smiley-face]
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