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Paul I

Paul had developmental delay as a child, and was diagnosed with an array personality disorders before he received his autism diagnosis at the age of 21. He is currently working at a support organisation, where he gives talks about life on the autism spectrum.

  • Background

    Ethnic background: White British

  • Age at interview 29
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Miranda - Interview 05b

    Miranda was recently diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, after three years of her being aware that she may have the condition.

  • Background

    Miranda is single and a part time student. She lives with and cares for her mother. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

  • Age at interview 49
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Nicola - Interview 13

    Nicola is currently at a college for further education and will start working at the local hospital radio station when she finishes her course.

  • Background

    Nicola lives with her parents and was diagnosed with autism when she was 6 years old. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

  • Age at interview 19
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Catherine - Interview 63

    Catherine, 25, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 19. She works part time in a dog rescue home and hopes to increase her working hours.

  • Background

    Catherine, a dog rescue worker, lives with her parents. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 25
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Laurie - Interview 53

    Laurie, 46, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 44. She is starting a university course in journalism and works part time as a market researcher.

  • Background

    Laurie, a student, lives with her three children. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Harriet - Interview 42

    Harriet was diagnosed with high functioning autism when she was 39 years old. She has aspects of her life which she finds difficult like changes in routine, sensory sensitivities and a dislike of social interaction.

  • Background

    Harriet, a classroom assistant, lives with her children.

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Ian - Interview 13b

    Ian is 22 and was diagnosed with autism with he was 8 years old. He is currently doing a vocational waiting at table course and is interested in palaeontology and film making.

  • Background

    Ian is 22 years old. He is single and is a student. Ethnic background/nationality: English.

  • Age at interview 22
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Sam - Interview 17b

    Sam was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome two years ago. He is studying for a PhD and lives by himself.

  • Background

    Sam is studying for a PhD. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

  • Age at interview 26
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Simon - Interview 16b

    Simon, aged 22 was diagnosed with autism when he was 5 years old. He has developed his own strategies to cope during social situations. Simon is interested in animals and aims to find employment in this area. Simon does talks on autism to help people to understand.

  • Background

    Simon is qualified in animal management and does voluntary work. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

  • Age at interview 22
  • Sex/Gender Male