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November 11, 2019

It is so important for autistic voices to be heard.

For autistic lived experience to be known.

In the past, I found that I needed space and time away from speaking and presenting for organisations that weren't aligned with my message of positive autistic identity.

This me...

November 11, 2019

I’ve been gutting a caravan for the past few weeks.
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It belonged to my in laws and is 60 years old, and as it’s no longer in use after our eldest moved on, I asked their permission to renovate it into a home office space.
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So I’ve been chipping away bits at a time.
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November 11, 2019

I cringe.
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Online autism quizzes are the fastest route to pathologising a person and completely overlooking an identity and culture.
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They’re based on behaviour and a superficial understanding of what being autistic encompasses.
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In my own experience, I missed so mu...

November 11, 2019

Tuning in to my children

Allows me to tune into me

I’m reminded of who I was

Who I am

At my most innocent and naive

I see glimpses in my babies

Of their Mama

I experience and bask

In the very characteristics

That were not received so well

In me

Our children

Guide us

Show us

The beau...

November 11, 2019

I have always been afraid of costumes.

Even as a child, I recall my Mother taking me to a local supermarket to see "Peko, the bedtime bear" that wished all the children goodnight at 7pm each night on the television.

My mother and I would visit a shopping centre for a pho...

November 11, 2019

When considering peer mentoring for autistic children, it is important to consider whether non autistic peer mentoring is appropriate.

It can send a message of inadequacy, othering, ableism and there being a 'correct' way to socialise, function and to be in the world.

Wh...

October 29, 2019

We are out here

We exist

Outside of the narrative of doom and gloom

We are thriving

Connected

Happy

Living peacefully

Outside of what the media presents

There is no good reason for the media to show you happy, thriving, autistic families

It isn't newsworthy

People who are suffer...

October 29, 2019

At home, when I was a kid, I talked.

A lot.

Like, non stop.

Outside, however, I was terrified to speak.

I was anxious about anything and everything,

Had OCD rituals and intrusive thoughts,

And always wondered if I was a human experiment.

I was terrified of powerful energies a...

October 29, 2019

It still surprises me when people are shocked, offended and even insulted when it's suggested to them that they may be autistic.

I have to wonder which lense they're seeing autism through.

For me, autism is more than a medical diagnosis.

It is my culture, my identity.

It i...

October 29, 2019

I struggle with the language used to describe autistic people and those of us with a PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) profile of autism.

I do take it personally, because, well, it is personal.

Here's what I'd like families to know about PDA..

The characterisation that...

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