We asked Melissa a few questions about her autism and writing…

When were you diagnosed?

I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome approximately six years ago at the age of 26, having experienced a number of social and employment-related problems over the years. I have spent the last decade out of work, and not for want of trying. I have been through numerous work training schemes and been offered very few interviews, expanded on further education by achieving a proofreading diploma and degree in English Language and Creative Writing (Open University), and I have endeavoured to find voluntary work and been met with rejection on all fronts – and for the most part still am. While I am trying to tackle my anxiety and depression and am now a self-published author, I nevertheless remain in the same situation and continue the battle to move forward.

Continue reading the interview/article on the NAS website – https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/membership/magazine/current-issue/melissa-joy.aspx

Please see the August 2018 edition of the Your Autism magazine (available to NAS members) in print or digital formats.


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