As a child, I was very successful in my schoolwork but found it difficult to make friends. I went to Cambridge University but dropped out after a year due to severe depression and spent most of the next year in a therapeutic community, before returning to Cambridge to complete my degree. I first identified myself as autistic in 1999 while I was studying psychology in London but I was not officially diagnosed until 2004 because of a year travelling in Australia and a great deal of NHS bureaucracy. I spent four years working for the BBC as a question writer for the Weakest Link but I am now studying law with the intention of training to be a solicitor. My hobbies include online poker and korfball, and I will be running the London Marathon in 2007. I now have many friends and I am rarely depressed but I remain single.

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TV and Radio
05 August 2008
In 2004, while I was working as a researcher on ‘The Weakest Link’, the BBC set itself a target that one in fifty of...
UK Politics
20 May 2008
In the light of the recent carnage of the local elections, it is easy to forget that the present government is one of...
Ideas
17 March 2008
The South African runner Oscar Pistorius has been banned from competing in the Beijing Olympics this summer. The reason...
Politics
23 January 2008
In a week in which an NHS Trust declined to perform a hysterectomy on a teenage girl with cerebral palsy without her...
Asia
07 December 2007
Just over a month ago, the Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report of recommendations about...
Lifestyle
31 October 2007
There is currently a television advertisement in which, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the daughter of Suggs...
Society
24 September 2007
Disabled people elicit sympathy in many different ways, not all of which make sense. The fact that someone cannot walk...
Lifestyle
30 August 2007
The London Underground is the oldest in the world but this also means that it is the most outdated and other cities...
Law
24 July 2007
My last blog entry about carers received an unprecedented response, some of which was rather heated. One of the issues...
UK Politics
28 June 2007
One of Gordon Brown’s last acts as Chancellor of the Exchequer was to host a reception at Downing Street to celebrate...
UK Politics
29 May 2007
It seems deceptively obvious that the lives of disabled people have improved throughout history. After all, the ancient...
Film
01 May 2007
When the Oscar-winning film ‘Million Dollar Baby’ was released, it was met by protests from disabled people across the...
UK Politics
03 April 2007
In his latest documentary series called ‘The Trap,’ shown on BBC2, Adam Curtis made some remarkable claims about the...
UK Politics
20 March 2007
The chances are you have never heard of Anne McGuire, who is Minister for Disabled People, in the Department for Work...
Lifestyle
01 March 2007
It’s time to talk about sex. I make no apologies for this. One of the problems that arises when discussing disability...

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