Autism April

To the person who changed my life: A tribute to Polly Samuel by Jeanette Purkis

April 30, 2017 Jeanette Purkis

This is probably the hardest thing I have had to write so far. It is also something I desperately need and want to do. When I was asked to write this I felt conflicted. Would it be enough? Would I say the ‘right’ things? Would it do justice to the person it is written for, my first and most influential mentor? This is the sincerest of thank you’s but also an apology for not staying in touch, and not really appreciating what I was given so freely. Now that time is limited I feel I do not have enough to […]

Autism April

All About April – Jeanette Purkis

April 5, 2017 Jeanette Purkis

I have been an Autistic self-advocate since 2005. As the years have gone by the circle of people who I know or who know my work as an advocate has been expanding outwards. At the same time, the knowledge and ‘awareness’ of Autism has also been expanding. When I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 1994, people I mentioned the diagnosis to all responded with ‘what’s that”? When my first book, Finding a Different Kind of Normal – Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome, was published in 2006, people would usually respond to my diagnosis with ‘My [insert child of relative / […]

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Friends – Good and True and Preferably Autie

August 2, 2016 Jeanette Purkis

My childhood and early adulthood was characterised by my friends – either the fact that they were absent or inappropriate or downright dangerous. I never had a peer group. In fact I was so devoid of suitable friends that I found myself taking on belief systems and attitudes just to be accepted by one dodgy peer group or another – revolutionary socialists, criminals, drug addicts – I wanted so much to belong to something that I didn’t seem to mind how negative or unpleasant membership of that peer group might be. I lacked a genuine culture. I felt so isolated […]

Book Releases

The Wonderful World of Work. A Workbook for Asperteens.

July 6, 2016 Jeanette Purkis

The Wonderful World of Work. A Workbook for Asperteens by Jeanette Purkis JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS Footprint Books www.footprint.com.au RRP AU$38.95 print Contents: Introduction. 1. Why Should You Go to Work? 2. What Kind of Work Do You Want to Do? 3. Your Own Unique Skills and Attributes – The Best Thing that You Have! 4. School, University, Skills and Work. 5. Getting the Most Out of Employment Services. 6. Working – What’s Involved? And How Do You Get a Job? 7. Get that Job! (Includes CVs, Interviews and Referees). 8. Volunteering – The Giving Keeps on Giving – to You! […]

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IT’S OK TO ASK…

June 29, 2016 Jeanette Purkis

Independence is not something I am lacking in. I moved out of home at 17, got a job and went to uni. I had some serious difficulties in life and dragged myself out of them through determination, motivation and  faith. I now work full-time, own my own home and spend a lot of my free time assisting other people. I pride myself on being able to manage my own affairs. These are all good and laudable attributes but there is something I struggle with – I find it almost impossible to give up control and to ask for help. When […]

Inspiration

LOVING, VALUING AND RESPECTING YOURSELF – THE BEST OPTION

June 17, 2016 Jeanette Purkis

Little Jeanette was similar to the current iteration of me in many ways. She was determined, motivated, curious, confident and smart. Little me had no reason not to love and respect herself. She had a loving family, enough food, a warm house, no neglect or abuse. And then she went to school. After thirteen years of being given negative messaging about who I was by many of the other kids at school, pretty much constantly and then enduring sexual violence as a teen, I started to hate myself. In fact, at twenty years-old I was so negatively focussed that I […]