Individual Spotlight: Ella
Adjusting to a new day to day due to the Coronavirus for an autistic person.
T has high functioning aspergers. He is in his first year of college, studying Engineering. Since the Governments decision on ‘lockdown’ to the UK, T tells us how it has impacted his day to day life.
In the space of circa 24 hours, my daily routines and lifestyle as I knew them changed.
College is now cancelled, so adapting to an all digital learning platform for a person like me who is studying engineering, is quite difficult. I miss the practical work the most and being able to talk to other colleagues, my tutor and my teaching assistant who all bring their own unique personalities and humour to my college days.
I attended a secondary school away from my town, so many of my good friends don’t live locally. I have always been used to chatting on the phone with them, however, since starting college, the four of us take turns to gather at each others homes to have a battle with Warhammer. This is our collective hobby and stress reliever. We share ideas and tips on painting, playing and also showcasing our new models. The most important aspect for me was the social interaction that linked to me my old school friends. This is now missing from my life….I am doing okay at present, but I am not sure how I will cope if this social distancing continues for another 3-6 months.
I am lucky that my Warhammer hobbies keep me entertained, but with the inability to purchase more paints and models it will, I fear, become quite limiting in the near future. We have the benefit of a large garden and two very active spaniels, so I continue to spend time outdoors, especially with the lovely weather that we have recently had.
I watch and listen to the daily Government updates with my family, but despite wanting to understand what is happening in the world, it is now making me feel sad due to the death of so many innocent people. I also worry about my grandparents, especially my Nan who lives in the north west.
I am looking forward to returning to my Saturday job following a period of isolation in our home to keep safe. I know that I will be in contact with lots of customers in the supermarket, but I trust the decisions that have been made by my company to keep us all safe. I feel proud to be a partner and to help provide the local community with food, conversation and a couple of bad jokes to keep people smiling. We must all stay strong and continue to follow instructions to keep safe.