A hello to everyone and a quick plug - we are the National Police Autism Association, a new indepdendent body supporting police officers, staff and families affected by ASC, AS and other hidden conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, depression etc. We also promote best practices for working with members of public affected by autism.
If you've ever wondered whether there are police officers with AS, the answer is yes... there are many aspects of a career in policing that are well-suited to an aspie, but some that are pretty tough as well.
We have a website, www.npaa.org.uk , and a Twitter account "Police Autism UK" @npaa_uk . We're also on Facebook and LinkedIn (search for NPAA). It would be great if you could give us a follow - we tweet about all sorts of things related to autism, AS, equal opportunities and anything "neurodivergent".
Looking forward to taking part in the NAS web forum
What do you do to draw attention to yourself.
Is it the way you dress?
Is it the way you walk?
Is it hygiene?
Do you shop with a back pack?
Do you talk to yourself?
Greetings. I am not good at "chat", but I am still online, and so attempt a straight-away reply (yet another new experience for me)...
Of all matters listed there, I would only not know about the 'way I walk'. What I list - concerning Security Guards (and CUTE Children)... all of it has always happened to me, for my *entire* life, no matter how I dress, act, speak, or, um, as you mention it, "hygiene"(?)... (E.g. I have had people driving past me in cars, and if bored, they may throw something in passing). It is the CYNOSURE effect...
Perhaps you bring to light something which I did not think to point out, however: Not ALL of these things happen ALL of the time ALL at once --- it is different for different days and persons...
The items I mentioned.
There was another thread here a few months ago, where someone with a backpack was trailed by store detectives.
An unsteady or drunk walk always attracts attention.
Scruffy or unconventional dress attracts attention. I have known people who shop in their slippers and go out in their sleepwear with only jacket on top.
Talking to oneself. (I do it) attracts attention.
Hygiene if bad causes one to smell bad. Again i have known people who wear the same dirty jacket every day for five years. Or not wash for weeks and smell of urine.
I believe that the Thread which you mention may be the same one which I mentioned... And the other things which you list in the post to which I here reply, I do not do/have any of these matters/concerns (Although I may "mutter" of late, yet I cover it by pretending to scratch my nose)...I did say that my Cynosure Effect was LIFELONG...
(An Unrelated matter. FINALLY, it shows up in the side-box (which quickly disappears upon my device)... that "2 members are here"... I have never seen that before, and I finally know what it is like to "do online chat"... but, I hate to seem rude, I must admit to not liking it at all, and so I may sign off now... sorry very much...my own Cowardice/Autism...!?) )
Hi National Police Autism Association
Here follows a link to a problem posted on this the NAS forum that needs very much to be solved:
Have a good one,
and many many more.