Life on the Autism spectrum

Miranda - Interview 05b

Age at interview: 49
Age at diagnosis: 49

Brief outline: 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

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Miranda describes experiencing ridicule as both a child and an adult. She feels that people have always perceived her to be different, even though she ‘looks normal from the outside’. She was eventually diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 49, which was three years after she realised she had the condition. A disability officer at the Department of Work and Pensions suggested that she go and see a work psychologist and this eventually led to her getting a diagnosis.
Miranda finds that she works at a slower pace than most people but also feels that she probably doesn’t make as many mistakes as a lot of people. However, because she feels the emphasis often tends to be on speed, she has found it very difficult to keep up during education and employment. Although, Miranda has had various jobs, including working in a warehouse and a newsagent, sustaining employment has proven tricky. 
Miranda now looks after her mother and attends college on a part time basis. 


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