Victoria Whiting was 25 when she received her autism spectrum diagnosis. Since then she’s become an enthusiastic advocate on social media, discussing topics connected with autism. She is better known to social media followers as, Vicky Spectrum.
Tell us about your social media brand. What are the most frequently asked questions – and how do you respond?
How has life changed for you since receiving an official diagnosis?
My life hasn’t really changed much, I already had strategies and coping mechanisms in place. The main impact has been the support I’ve received at university; it’s made a huge difference. I’m still the same person I’ve always been, the only difference is the label. It gave me an explanation for the way I am. It’s a sort of relief and now I can accept who I am.
How’s life as a student?
University for me was difficult, but I now have a BSc degree in psychology – which shows that I can do anything if I believe; which is why my mantra is: “I can”. Whilst at university I got so much support, both from outside organisations and staff within the university. I also developed a love for psychology. My supervisor (lecturer) Dr Vital, really helped me on my journey and I feel as though I’ve achieved so much in three years, and learnt so much about myself. I’m now doing a postgraduate master’s degree in psychology, and I’m continuing to grow and develop as a person. I want to show people that anything is possible. It’s difficult but it’s achievable; you can do all these things, there’s so much out there!
What do you hope to do/ achieve next?
Like I said I’m doing my master’s, which is something I’d like to achieve. I’m also working with the NHS advisory board which is exciting. I’m hoping to be able to do some public speaking, and share my story worldwide, spreading a positive message about autism, showing love and hope, and using my advocacy to help educate and support others. I want to make people happy really, showing the positives.