A long Bio About Me, My Asperger’s and Poetry


Hi. My name is Andrew Smith and I am a 46 year old male living in Queensbury, Bradford with three diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and a diagnosis of possible brain damage. I hope you like reading my short bio.

As a young adult growing up I had always felt different and out of sync with friends, colleagues and peers. In fact with the world in general! But I could never put my finger on it. I felt I was missing something but I didn’t know what. Then in October 2008 at the age of 41 I got the answer to my questions. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at Sheffield Asperger’s Service. It was like coming out of a long dark tunnel into a field of lush, deep green grass, daffodils swaying gently in the breeze, the sun shining in a clear blue sky warming the earth, the skin, the soul.
Alas this feeling wasn’t to last forever. The excitement of finding answers to long held questions and being able to tell friends and family was quelled by their reaction. This ranged from “I’m really pleased for you” to “So what” and “You’re a liar”. I didn’t know how to react to these comments. Here I was being open and honest and in return I was being called a liar who had conned the psychologist to avoid work! I have now had three separate diagnosis all of which confirm I have Asperger's Syndrome and do experience problems with social communication and interaction.

I did leave my then employment as this had caused me endless problems and sleepless nights because I had sensory overload from working in a very busy open plan office environment.
After leaving work I decided to return to education to try and make a better future for myself. I succeeded in obtaining my ‘O’ levels and ‘A’ levels in social sciences and I am now entering my 3rd year at university studying sociology.

However during the times I wasn’t at university I felt something was missing from my life. I had nothing to do and was getting depressed because of it. In January this year I decided to do something about it and enrolled on a creative writing workshop called ‘Igniting the Spark’ run by a local poet called Gaia Holmes at Dean Clough Mill.

I have always been told I had a natural talent for writing and have always wanted to write, so I thought “what have I got to lose” and took the plunge! I approached the first workshop with a degree of apprehension and trepidation, but after a few of them I began to settle in. the group were very welcoming, supportive and encouraging. I soon felt like I had been going for years and I was really enjoying myself, reading and writing poetry.

For me reading and writing poetry has released a person inside me that has been there waiting to come out for years. At last I felt I had found an outlet for all the pent up emotions and feelings that had been stored up inside of me for many years. I find it hard to express myself verbally because my cognitive functioning is quite slow and I get confused and overwhelmed if I am asked questions about myself verbally. Writing gives me the time I need to be able to put my thoughts down and express myself in a way that I can cope with without getting stressed and anxious.

My writing has been described as unique, eclectic and original and if I do have a talent it is finally beginning to be realised. I have begun to read my poetry out which has gone down very well. My confidence is growing and my perception of the world around me is changing for the better.
I want to show society that people on the autistic spectrum can very often have hidden, untapped talents and inspire others to have a go at writing and see if they find it as much of a pleasurable outlet for their inner self as I do.

I will add that all my views on Asperger's and autism are based on my own life experiences. Because Asperger's and autism are spectrum conditions others may have slightly or significantly different experiences. However my aim is to raise awareness for Asperger's and autism wherever an individual is on the spectrum and to see acceptance of people on the autistic spectrum the norm instead of the exception. We all count and we all have something to offer to society.

I am the copyright owner of all my work published on this blog unless indicated otherwise.

Any questions please contact me.

Thank you

Andrew Smith

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