'I fear for the safety of my black autistic son'

Melissa Simmonds is black and autistic, as are her children. In this episode she talks about the anxiety she feels when her 16-year-old stims in public, and what he might do if stopped by police. How would you feel if a builder arrived an hour earlier than expected? Listener Daisy was overwhelmed when her plans had to suddenly alter and says 1800 Seconds on Autism helped her get through. You're welcome. This is the last episode in the current series. We've published regularly since March 20, the start of the covid-19 pandemic, and it has been a pleasure to be with you during such unsettling times. Please stay subscribed, because you never know when a one-off special might appear. The stim@bbc.co.uk inbox is still active too. With Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Emma Tracey. Want to listen? The easiest way is to tell your smart speaker "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" or find us on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts from.

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From home and family to humour and epic geekiness, this is a funny and enlightening podcast about thinking differently. With autistic hosts Robyn Steward, Jamie Knight and guests.