Ellie – Interview 06
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Ellie lives at home with her mum. She is a full-time student. Ethnicity/nationality: White British.
Brief outline:Ellie’s brother is thirteen. He was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old.
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I guess there’s always been times where I’ve, it sounds horrible but I have hated him. Not because he’s autistic, but because he wasn’t normal. I have rarely ever thought that, but it was when there was a lot of people in our house. I just regretted that he was like it. Then I’ve got more used to it, and just more accepting that he’s not going to change very much, but the more he learns, the more he’s going to be able to do different things, and the more he enjoys, like he never used to be able to go to the cinema, because he used to get scared of the dark. Now he absolutely loves it, and it’s really nice just to take him to that. But there’s times when he has got really angry, and he has lashed out bitten me before, and I had to go hospital because he broke my skin and there’s like, there’s lots of different things that have made me, just want him to be a bit different, but I’ve never stopped ever like loving him as like my brother.
Well I’d love to be able to see my brother just live in with someone. I would love to live with my brother even if I was like my thirties and he was too. But if he was able to look after himself, even if he still didn’t talk or he still needed a lot of help, but if he was able just to get his lunch out the fridge and manage to go to the toilet, and then he could live at home with someone. I think everyone would be happier with that. But that’s a long way off yet [laughs].
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