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OUR FAMILY AND AUTISM

WITH TWO MUMMIES AND TWO AUTISTIC CHILDREN, “NORMAL” HAS GONE OUT THE WINDOW, SAYS SARAH COPE
Never boring: Daniele, Clementine, Sarah and Walter

Two mums and two children. So far, so normal. But throw autism into the mix and “normal” goes out of the window.

My partner Daniele and I have been together for four years. During those years, both of our children have been diagnosed with autism, or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Walter, five, was diagnosed three years ago, having been slow to communicate and showing various other signs of autism, including touching everything (walls, trees, dog-poo bins – don’t ask) and exhibiting coordination problems, sometimes known as dyspraxia.

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As the UK prepares to go the polls in June, our timely front cover is Mhairi Black. The 22-year-old SNP MP has won legions of fans from across the political spectrum since being elected in 2015 thanks to her principled stance on issues affecting the most vulnerable in our communities. In an exclusive interview with publisher Linda Riley, Black talks about her biggest challenges in parliament so far, and why she doesn’t want to be Nicola Sturgeon. Also in this issue… Rose and Rosie: Exposed Sleeping with the enemy: Can a relationship survive political differences? Denise Welch: “We need to come out about depression” Game Of Thrones star Ellie Kendrick talks to Roxy Bourdillon about her new film A woman’s place is in the House: Carrie Lyell on women in parliament and the progress over the last 100 years Why are so many straight authors writing about same-sex love? Church for atheists: Vicky Beeching experiences a “godless church” for the first time “It’s not just banter”: Tackling homophobia in football Our family and autism PLUS: Travel, art, community and more!
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