Life on the Autism spectrum

Oliver and Suzie - Interview 11b

Male
Age at interview: 27
Age at diagnosis: 25

Brief outline: Oliver was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome two years ago. His mother and younger brother had also been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome previously. Oliver describes his family as easy going and not concerned about what other people think about them.

Background: Oliver is a student and lives with his partner Suzie. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

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Oliver was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome two years ago and describes getting the diagnosis as ‘no big thing’. He wanted the diagnosis because he was about to return to university and he was worried that he might experience the difficulties he’d experienced at school. He describes his experiences growing up as frustrating; “like trying to shout when you don’t have a mouth”. His mother and younger brother had also been diagnosed which made him think about it.

Oliver is finding his university course easy in places though he struggles sometimes with knowing exactly what is expected of him. He has a support worker and various bits of equipment to help him with his work.
 
Suzie and Oliver live together and the couple describe how Oliver has learnt not to always steer the conversation round to him and to ask other people questions about themselves. Oliver describes how his family is more open and they aren’t concerned about what other people think about them which makes them a very easy going family.
 
Oliver has a part time job in a pub but thinks that people with AS can struggle getting employment because of the way in which employment opportunities and applications are structured with form filling as the first step.
 

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