213 Things About Me tells the true story of ‘Rose’, who was diagnosed with autism aged 36 and took her own life six months later. 213 Things About Me is told through a list of Rose's traits, which she made immediately after being diagnosed with Autism. She possessed numerous talents, teaching herself 12 instruments, a bunch of languages, complex mathematics and other extraordinary things. Ultimately she was unable to find a place in the world.
213 Things About Me is written, directed and narrated by award-winning, disabled documentary filmmaker, photographer, artist, published writer and investigative journalist Richard Butchins, who was a close friend of Rose. Richard is also on the autistic spectrum.
213 Things About Me contains issues of a sensitive nature with references to suicide, which may trigger an anxiety response, especially in those who have a history of trauma.
If the podcast causes distress talk to a friend, family member or someone you trust about how you are feeling. There are people who would like to help and will listen to you on confidential phone line services. You can call the following numbers in confidence
Samaritans – call 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/talk-us-phone/
Papyrus (for people under 35) – call 0800 068 4141 https://papyrus-uk.org/
The Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for autistic people and their families and carers. https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx
Autism.org.uk has helpful advice about anxiety in autistic adults.
Starring: Rosa Hoskins as Rose, Abigail Thaw as the voice of Rose’s mother and Patrick Knill as the voice of authority.
Editing/sound engineering: Patrick Knill.
Commissioned by: Disability Arts Online www.disabilityarts.online
Additional funding: Unlimited www.weareunlimited.org.uk
Episode 7: Biography of a lost life
Rose's own summation of her life in her own words.
Episode 6: Memories
Rose's mother recounts her memories of Rose.
Episode 5: Impossible things
Rose reflects on her childhood, relationship with her family and feelings about her own death.
Episode 4: Some days are worse than others…
This episode examines the incorrect idea that autists can't empathise and Rose's fears around April Fools day.
Episode 3: What date is today?
This episode looks at Rose's dating experiences and her feelings about getting a diagnosis for Aspergers.
Episode 2: Boat Dreams
Richard explores Rose's unusual housing situation and her aspirations. Throughout her adult life, Rose had never lived in legal residential housing. She lived in a cupboard, a shipping container, and a boat called 'August Breeze' amongst other things.
I want more!
Please do more! As an older autistic person, this helped so much in accepting myself and finding some sense of place in this world.