My name is Wendy Ferguson and I am an autistic woman.
I run a wellness business, teaching Yoga, Meditation and Massage. I love helping people find and establish useful strategies to help them live their best life, every day.
I have been writing poetry since 2010, I find it helps me make sense of the world around me. I love to share poems online and in person at workshops and events. I recently pondered the topic of Normality, and the poem “My Magic” was created. It’s all about the idea that being normal is perhaps not as black and white as you may think. As a friend of mine once said…”there’s room for us a’”
Autistic people are all the same
There is a broad spectrum of people who are autistic, and even though many may share similar traits – no two autistic people are the same…
Autistic People Can’t Work As Part Of A Team
A very common misconception many people have is that autistic people are very controlling and uncompromising and so cannot work together with other people. This is an amusingly inaccurate idea to say the least.
There weren’t autistic people when I was at school
Well, as an autistic person in their 40s I can assure you - we were there. Many of us were not diagnosed or identified as autistic but we were most definitely there.
Why I Came Out Publicly About Being Autistic
Autistic people come in all shapes and sizes, colours, and textures and I for one am delighted with that fact!
A New Understanding of Myself
My son was diagnosed autistic at age four. Researching his condition helped me understand more about myself.
What Kindness Means to Me
Some things done in the name of kindness can be harmful. Here’s how such experiences have impacted autistic friends, family, and myself.
My Lived Experience
Asking me to talk about ‘my experience of autism’ is as odd as being asked what my experience is of having blue eyes.
Masking has become much more talked about as understanding of autism grows. But what is it, why do we do it, and what is the impact?
An Undiagnosed Autistic Life
A childhood full of confusion and fear. Loving family, but so often misunderstood.
What knowing I am autistic means to me
After 39 and a half years of not knowing what made me tick, why I communicated and behaved the way I did, I finally got confirmation that I am autistic.
My Autistic Journey
For years I have struggled to comfortably fit in, understand people, and be myself.
Growing Up Undiagnosed
I was diagnosed as autistic eleven years ago at age 21. I had spent my entire life feeling different, not quite fitting in, but not knowing why.
Trusting What Remains
I struggle to trust my processing of this world, but I’ve found other feelings to rely on.