“Because of my autism I experience the world intensely.“ - Anne-Claire

My name is Anne-Claire (38 years old). I graduated as a movement technologist and remedial educationalist, and I have autism, ADHD and dyslexia. I prefer to be in nature, where I can truly relax. I also have a lot of interests and hobbies, such as drawing, reading (especially fantasy and SciFi), astronomy, construction material and playing the piano.

Because of my autism I experience the world intensely. I get overstimulated quickly and it gets chaotic inside my head, because of change or lack of clarity. Unfortunately, I’m unable to work because of this. Luckily there are plenty of other ways I can be meaningful for the world. For example, I help out as a volunteer on projects related to autism. Living independently is possible because I receive assistance a few times a week, and I am very grateful for that.

I am proud that I am getting better and better at shaping my life in a way that fits me. It’s quite a quest, but I will persevere.

My tip for people with autism: Have regular pampering moments for your autism. For example, buy a magnifying glass or binoculars and look at things in great detail, rub structures that you like, listen to the same song a hundred times, immerse yourself completely in an interesting subject or twirl around and flap with your arms. Whatever makes the autistic in you happy. This way you can also enjoy your autism on a regular basis.

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