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Category: Blogs

  • Autistic celebration

    Autistic celebration

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    • February 02, 2020

    My Autism was my protector, my guardian, my shield. It was the part of me that filled me with joy, that satisfied me and made me content, that sheltered me. Autism was my friend, my companion, a bubble within which I could just be.

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  • The beauty of my Autism

    The beauty of my Autism

    Autism acceptance is not about denying the challenges. But… it requires you to look for – and then to see, truly and genuinely – the beauty and joy of and in Autism. Because it is there to see, if you care to look.

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  • Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

    Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

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    • December 07, 2019

    This Christmas, put aside traditions and preconceived ideas of what Christmas “should” look like, and let your child lead. Make new traditions… Find new ways of being joyful. And never let the pressure of expectation ruin the beauty of your family’s unique way of being together.

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  • The importance of parents

    The importance of parents

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    • December 01, 2019

    “With their [parents’] love, support and advocacy, we learn to value ourselves and different ways of being.” Read the impassioned insights of Tim Chan, delivered at Reframing Autism’s official stakeholder launch, NSW Parliament House, 28 November 2019.

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  • Reframing Autism: Why, what, how?

    Reframing Autism: Why, what, how?

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    • December 01, 2019

    “We implore you to support our organisation to continue our work changing lives.” Read Melanie Heyworth’s full speech, delivered at Reframing Autism’s official stakeholder launch, NSW Parliament House, 28 November 2019.

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  • Launch of Reframing Autism

    Launch of Reframing Autism

    On Saturday 26 October, Reframing Autism was launched at the Now and Next Family Conference. The following blog is the speech given by Reframing Autism’s CEO and founder, Dr Melanie Heyworth, at the launch.

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  • What is play?

    What is play?

    Play is synonymous with enjoyment: it implies engagement, fun, immersion. The definition does not — and I say again, emphatically NOT — prescribe what play is. It describes the feeling that we experience when we play (enjoyment); it does not prescribe what activities constitute ‘play’.

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  • Hosting an inclusive event for Autistic participants

    Hosting an inclusive event for Autistic participants

    Are you having an event that includes Autistic participants or delegates (adults or children)? Do you want to ensure that your event is accessible and respectful of Autistic sensory and communication needs? These guidelines will help you to support the needs of the Autistic individuals attending your event.

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  • Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Although I have had some very positive feedback about my Manifesto for Allies, one part of the Manifesto has prompted more questions and discussion than any other section. My stance on Autistic passions has caused some consternation (or at least uncertainty), so I wanted to spend some time expanding and explaining my thinking on this matter further. Bear with me: this post is another long one!

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