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Writing a book about my disability has made me fully appreciate how far I have come. For starters, it wasn’t too long ago that I felt nothing but shame about my disability. I kept it quiet and refused accommodations and support because I thought that would make things better for everyone.

Ignoring my disability, though, goes down in my own personal history as the dumbest things I have done in my life. …

A woman reads a book on the carpet of her home with the natural light of a winter wonderland in her backyard illuminating the background.

Summer 2021 came with a reward: an offer from a traditional publisher interested in publishing my book. So many people have called me lucky, but I’m reluctant to use that word.

But don’t get me wrong: I am very happy with how this collaboration has turned out. The Jessica Kingsley Publishers team has been nothing but kind and extremely responsive to all my questions so far. They also understand neurodiversity more than most publishing industry professionals I have encountered so far.

So let’s talk a little bit about why I keep correcting people when they use the word “lucky”…

We’re a very instant gratification-focused society, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. I have seen way too…

I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia 26 years ago and sharing my experiences is an important part of my advocacy efforts. Recently, one of my tweets was quoted in Lisa Salmon’s March 26th article in the independent, How to Spot the Signs That Your Child Has Undiagnosed Disorders.

My tweet was used in this article without my permission, and the context in which it was used requires further elaboration. In that tweet, I admitted that I reached milestones like tying my shoelaces and riding a bike slower than my non-Dyspraxic peers.

Tasks that require coordination and spatial awareness will always follow…

The last time I was a guest on a podcast, I was a first for that show in two different ways:

  • I was the first remote worker (guest)
  • And the first formally diagnosed Dyspraxic to come on the show and talk about their Dyspraxia.

The host also happened to have a disability themselves, something that doesn’t happen often when I make guest appearances on podcasts. That alone was freeing. I didn’t have to mask my neurodiversity to keep up with someone else’s idea of “normal”.

So I was as transparent as I possibly could be, even when discussing heavy topics…

I have written about the value of consistent content before.

There’s a justifiable reason for that though. I have created so much content that I’m a very easy person to find online. This particular talent attracts freelance clients. It has also helped me build an online community of neurodiverse people just like me, along with other, professional creatives.

This approach has worked so well for me for such a long-time. So in the early days of the pandemic, I thought that this approach would be just as effective. Turns out I was completely wrong. For example, I haven’t written a…

Everything you need to thrive in a fitness class I don’t have, and that’s entirely my disability's fault. I have Dyspraxia.

So let me just explain it by using some real-world fitness class examples. When you walk into a spin class or even a subdued yoga class there are lots of noises and sensory distractions.

People are shouting, playing music, and moving quickly. My Dyspraxic brain can’t keep up with the limitations of my environment, along with basic instructions when I get overloaded with sensory distractions.

When that happens, that activates my “flight or fight” form of anxiety.

Fight my way through it, and at least try to appear confident, or fly…

I am not a disability studies PHD, nor am I a medical professional. So there are moments where I feel like an imposter when I talk about disability-related issues. Although there is something extremely valuable I bring to the conversation: lived experience.

As I mentioned before, I’m a person who lives with Dyspraxia. For such a long time, I also lived with a severe case of Anemia. The Anemia made me physically weak and prone to fainting every time I had my period. It started when I was 13-years-old and ended when I was 18-years old. I knew it had…

My brother, Freddie, and I in the 1990s

This article was originally published in the summer of 2018 on the Pens & Needles website. Pens and Needles is an online magazine specializing in patient perspectives on living with chronic illnesses and conditions. I met the editor of the website when I accompanied my husband, along with the founder of the #insulin4all movement, on a trip to Washington D.C. The editor of the website is Audrey Farley, and her writing is worth checking out. She also has a book coming out in the spring of 2021. …

For several months, I’ve been working on a manuscript for my memoir: “Growing Up With Dyspraxia”. As the title illustrates, it’s a true story of growing up with a neurological disability with a very serious underdiagnosis problem.

Although it’s not exactly rare. My friends at Dyspraxic Circle, for example, described it as a condition that affects two children in every classroom. In a nutshell, it affects my sense of space and time, along with fine and gross motor skills tasks; e.g: arts and crafts and catching a ball. I can’t read maps. …

In my first year of university, Facebook and Twitter were new and exciting things. I was living in a college dormitory at the time and I was hooked.

Meanwhile, my blog was brand new, and I was writing posts about whatever I felt like under the pen name “Rosebud”. The name Rosebud happened because it’s one of a few nicknames I’ve had since I was a kid. Since my parents are the only ones who call me Rosebud, I figured it was a good way for them to know it was me and no one else.

I instantly loved these…

Rosemary Richings

Writer with Dyspraxia (DCD) & Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Currently working on my debut novel with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which tells my DCD story.

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