autism, Disability Awareness

Atrip: the neurodiverse network

For those of us with family and friends who are neurodiverse, we know that it can be a challenge to find services which understand their needs. Having to make reasonable adjustments is written in law, yet so often the service received is below par. The people behind Atrip recognised this and have created a ‘Trip Advisor’ style website.

Scoping out restaurants or hotels before booking a trip or day out can be difficult. Many of us ask for recommendations from other people on Facebook, but now having a one-stop shop should make that process easier.

The listings are split into:

  • Food and drink
  • Health
  • Organisations
  • Sleep (accommodation)
  • Things to do
  • Travel

You can search by any location in the world and there is a map with pins you can click on.

Here is an example of a venue which can be reviewed:

Here is an example of a review: was founded by parents Paul and Niki, whose son Archie was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Several friends, including actor Richard Mylan, have climbed on board to help with building the website and social media.

Paul said: “We’ve always travelled and having a neurodiverse child, we were stunned that for such a big autistic community there was nothing really out there. We couldn’t find anything on the web that catered specifically for autistic people. A place to review, recommend and share places that suit our community, so Atrip.World was born!”

“We were originally planning to launch Atrip in March this year, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, life was put on hold. It was interesting to see how people would cope in a world that’s very familiar to the neurodiverse community: self-isolation, social distancing, lack of contact and communication.”

“We are a neurodiverse population of over 4 million in the UK. The numbers are huge and there is a wealth of knowledge we can all share to help our wonderful autistic community.”

“It’s a free to use service and the idea is we all have pearls of knowledge in our local area – places to see, things to do, somewhere to grab a bite to eat that are all autism friendly and sensory aware. The list is endless. So if you know of something suitable, jump on board and start listing. All it costs is one minute of your own time. A hub to share, review, and recommend good vibes in the Atrip World!”

“We’d love to use this opportunity to change the road map for our children and the neurodiverse community.”


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Clickbait suckered me in…

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Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I noticed a friend had shared a quiz entitled: “Only people with IQ range 140-149 know the meaning of these 17 words.” And yes, like a schmuck, I clicked. Like a fish lured by the sight of a fat, juicy lugworm, I bit.

Needless to say, the quiz was childishly simple and I aced it. However, my smug satisfaction at proving my erudition lasted for about as long as a snowball survives in a blast furnace. I’d fallen for the old clickbait ploy. They had coaxed me in with flattery, with the chance to stroke and massage my frail ego and now they had me. As they used to say in the old-time detective stories: “They’d played me for a sap!”

Of course the quiz was simple! Of course I could kid myself that I could prove my genius with a few easy questions that wouldn’t make the grade in the Reader’s Digest’s “It Pays to Improve Your Word Power” column. Now they had me. They’d bombarded me with advertisements and the cookies were lodged in my phone. Job done!

All this goes to prove that as much as we might like to imagine we’re immune to clickbait, we all have our weak spots.
I detest clickbait. I abhor its obviousness, its transparency. Do any of these phrases have a ring of familiarity?:

  • …you won’t believe what happens next.
  • 17 secrets [xxxxx] don’t want you to know
  • [xxxxx] Companies/Professionals hate this trick
  • How one woman made £££ in her bedroom
  • The 15 fakest/worst/most terrifying…
  • Lose 15 kg in 3 months with this natural product
  • The hot new [xxxxx] everyone is talking about
  • 20 Signs You’re actually a [xxxxx]

Just to run through this list:

  • I will believe it but I won’t care.
  • They’re not secrets and nobody gives a stuff if you know them.
  • Ditto Companies/Professionals
  • If anyone, ever made more than loose change doing this probably phoney thing, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. (As far as I know, only one kind of woman makes £££ in her bedroom!!!)
  • Says you…
  • Ooh! It says natural, it must be good! (I would add that wasp stings, gum boils and snot are also quite natural)
  • It may be hot. It may be new but nobody is talking about it.
  • Or, 20 piles of piffle we dreamt up during a fag break.

Have you ever clicked on something you were told would “amaze you” or “change the way you see the World” or “restore your faith in humanity” (always presuming you had lost it to begin with) to find that the pretty mundane content did none of the above? Then yes, you, like me, have been suckered in by clickbait.

“Here’s ten things you never knew about toenail clippings. (number 8 will amaze you!!)”

“Here’s what the kid from a 1980s soap powder commercial looks like now!” (Basically, a middle-aged version of themselves!)

As a footnote, people on YouTube are always “owning” or “schooling” other people by offering a slightly different opinion to them, as if they’d skewered them with a sort of verbal harpoon!

However, whilst I wish I could say I never fall for clickbait, actually it turns out that I’m just as likely as anyone to be inveigled by all the sweeties and shiny things the Internet has to offer.

Anyway, I must wrap up there. It seems that single women in my vicinity are just itching to meet me!


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