(This was also published by the Indian news site WSN)
She trains professionals – care workers, doctors, psychiatrists, foster carers, teachers – who have to deal with autistic people.
“And when you were a kid?” I asked her yesterday.
“Council house kid,” she said. “Scholarship. Private school. Croydon. Left at 16. Went to live in squats. For years and years, I was a squatter. Squatting in London in the early 1980s, as soon as I left school. Dropped out completely. Punk. Got pregnant. Lived in a van with my daughter. Dreadlocks. Dog on string. Travelling around a bit. Moved to Devon. I’ve only looked sensible in the last ten years. I’m a bit of a late starter.”
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