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Essay done, managed to get it a whole five words below the upper limit. So that's gone, I'll get feedback and results in 2-3 weeks, just as I start my third module.

I went to the autism talk and somehow managed to make myself talk to Liz Pellicano. JJ was quite surprised when she saw me in an unfamiliar social situation (it has been years since she has seen me under that sort of social pressure) and she had forgotten just how difficult my autism can make communicating. It took me a long time to actually speak at all but Professor Pellicano was patient and nice about the whole thing. I explain who I was, that I was autistic, and I wanted to go into autism research after I had finished studying an MA in SEN. She then gave me quite a bit of advice and told me to e-mail her and she would give me a heads up on any suitable positions or opportunities that might become available at the Centre of Research for Autism and Education where she is Director. She then told me it would be a good idea to e-mail Simon Baron-Cohen as he did a lot of work with autistic adults.

So that's what I did tonight, sat and composed e-mails to two big names (including possibly the biggest name in Baron-Cohen's case) in autism research.

It was all kinds of terrifying, and now I am going to be anxious until I get any responses. But I did the scary things that I find really hard and that's a big step forward. I am happy, beneath all the terrified exterior.

Date: 2016-04-18 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] versipellis.livejournal.com
Aaaaaaaah Simon Baron-Cohen! Even I've heard of him!

Congratulations, it sounds like you are being AWESOME, both for finishing the essay and for doing the social thing. I'm so pleased!

Date: 2016-04-18 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesoulofchaos.livejournal.com
I still can't get over the fact that I just rocked up and emailed him. It does not seem like something people should just do...

Date: 2016-04-19 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] versipellis.livejournal.com
I can imagine!

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