Life on the Autism spectrum

Barbara and Howard - Interview 45

Age at interview: 53

Brief outline: Howard, 53, was diagnosed with autism when he was in his teens. He worked at a bakery for over twenty years, then returned to university where he did an HND in computer science.

Background: Barbara, a retired social worker, and her son, Howard, live together. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

Howard, 53, lives with his mother, Barbara. Howard was diagnosed with autism in his teens after Barbara read something about autism and went to the doctor’s to get a referral for diagnosis.
When he left school, Howard worked as a post office cleaner and then at a bakery for twenty one years before he was made redundant. He was bullied at both school and at the bakery and dealt with this by developing a very good sense of humour. About seven years ago Barbara and Howard signed up for part time computer courses and became hooked; Howard became so proficient that his tutor’s nicknamed him “cyber-junkie”. They both gained BTEC diplomas in computer studies and three years ago Howard graduated with an HND in computer science.
Howard has a strong interest in trains and buses and enjoys going to vintage rallies and playing on his train simulators. He enjoys music, particularly The Stone Roses and Tenacious D.


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