Have you ever felt like you were at odds with the world or been to an event where everyone else seems to know what is going on, how to behave, where to go, etc, except for you?  In a world where we have all normalised a one size fits nobody solution for every situation, autistic people suffer because they have to adapt that much more in order to fit in.  Combined with enduring prejudice, such barriers have reduced the proportion of autistic people in paid employment to less than 16% in the UK, despite autistic people often being the best candidates for a diverse range of roles.

Looking to get your study skills up to speed for university? TLooking to get your study skills up to speed for university? Probably not – the first three months of any course are generally filled with trying to drink or spend away the annual textbook budget in a burst of hedonism after being released from the restrictions of home and college. There are loads of helpful resources to get you started.

A big warm Pompey welcome to all our new students! There’s a great induction programme on offer to help all our international students settle but if you’re looking for a gentle introduction to the library, check out our welcome pages for bite-sized information to get you settled and off to a flying start!

If we are to leverage the huge benefits of having an integrated, diverse society, we must first pay careful, mindful attention to how we treat one another – who and how we criticise and praise: who we put down and who we choose to lift up.

Microaffirmations – tidbits of authentic, meaningful praise – are as meaningful as microaggressions, those ribald jokes told at someone’s expense and other broadly tolerated acts of social violence, in making people variously feel safe, valued and committed to a group or organisation, and so praise as well as criticism should be handed out mindfully and even-handedly, despite the innate tendency we all have to favour those we perceive to be more like us.

Reading for pleasure for just 30 minutes a week is associated with many benefits, from increased life satisfaction, self-esteem, better sleep, creativity, and happiness to improved social skills. It helps us rediscover all of who we are as we recognise feelings and situations faced by characters, reminding us of our common humanity and helping us remember and reconnect to all that we are and not just those aspects of ourselves we feel reduced to by the doubts and anxieties of the moment. So where can you most easily find things to read for pleasure?

While TikTokkers sleep in a giant dog bed, I guess that leaves their old bed for the dog to sleep in.

After months of careful planning, two young men apparently decided that dog beds were better designed than beds for people, and that no-one would object to a dog beds large enough for fully grown men to be introduced into the average shared office. That, at least, appears to the premise behind the “Plfufl”. This blogger weeps for humanity.

One of the secrets to a successful life is developing the practice of asking of each thing, “Is this important? What would happen if I did not do it?”. This practice is the single biggest secret to making the best use of your time. It enables you to prioritise your life meaningfully by stopping doing those things that make little or no difference and focusing on those things that will. It declutters life and protects against that ever present threat of becoming overwhelmed.

Asking the same question over and over again. It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill. Dementia affects people of all ages, from childhood to old age, but it is possible to live well with dementia. What makes the difference is people like you and me knowing how to make the world more friendly for people with dementia. So why not sign up to become a Dementia Friend today?