Resources

  • Autism, Ableism and the Key to Self-acceptance

    Autism, Ableism and the Key to Self-acceptance

    “We are taught, intentionally or unintentionally, to think that disability is a bad thing. From teasing at school, gung-ho attitudes to capability, and media displays of inspiration porn, right down to lacklustre workplace accommodations and social stereotyping, we are taught that disability is somehow not okay. In truth, this is BS,” writes Esme Jay aka Pixie’s Big Why.

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  • Love Across Neurotypes: the beauty in meeting halfway

    Love Across Neurotypes: the beauty in meeting halfway

    Founder of Finding Autism, Amy Cramb, shares the ‘sweet spot’ that can be found when an Autistic person and their non-Autistic partner meet each other halfway: “If both sides work their way up the wall through compromise and acceptance, they can meet at the top – the halfway point – where true connection, understanding, and even love, can arise.”

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  • When Chloe met Riley: the power of neurodivergent love

    When Chloe met Riley: the power of neurodivergent love

    Ahead of our Symposium on Autistic Relationships, we’re exploring the magnetic attraction of neurodivergent love. We interviewed the Director of Studio Misfits, Chloe, and her husband, LGBTQIA+ and mental health advocate Riley, on the benefits of being similarly (and differently) neurodivergent.

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  • Kristy Forbes, Flourishing with Acceptance

    Kristy Forbes, Flourishing with Acceptance

    Originally aired at Reframing Autism’s 2021 Symposium on Autistic Flourishing: Acceptance, Authenticity, Autonomy, Australian-based Autism and neurodiversity support specialist Kristy Forbes’ presentation explores some of the key concepts around Autism acceptance, including damaging narratives, supporting the individual, Autistic culture and lifestyle, Autistic identity and challenging internalised ableism.

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  • Ten Lessons in Love from Lucy, My Assistance Dog

    Ten Lessons in Love from Lucy, My Assistance Dog

    Ten years ago, Autistic Autism researcher and multi-artist Dr Dawn-joy Leong rescued Lucy Like-a-Charm from the Greyhound racing industry. What started as a simple pet-owner relationship blossomed into a cherished symbiotic support partnership. Here, Dawn-joy shares the many gifts Lucy has brought to her life.

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  • “Just Ask Me”: The Importance of Respectful Relationships Within Schools, a summary for non-academics 

    “Just Ask Me”: The Importance of Respectful Relationships Within Schools, a summary for non-academics 

    In this research, published in mid-2021, Autistic and non-autistic researchers set out to understand the school experiences of Autistic young people and adults (aged 16-67). Their aim was to understand the interactions Autistic people experienced within the educational environment, and what barriers and enablers were present for Autistic inclusion and participation. 

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  • Shy Little Pixie: Unlocking the enigma of Autistic social anxiety

    Shy Little Pixie: Unlocking the enigma of Autistic social anxiety

    “When I am able to mask, I may make it through an hour, but invariably, my mask soon slips, and like Cinderella at the ball, I am left escaping in tears for fear of the ‘real me’ being exposed.” Chantell is a late diagnosed Autistic writer and advocate with ADHD and severe social anxiety. She shares her lived experience online as Shy Little Pixie, so others do not feel so alone.

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  • Position Statement on Autistic Communication

    Position Statement on Autistic Communication

    Reframing Autism’s director and Autistic advocate Tim Chan affirms that RA considers access to preferred means of communication a human right, and argues that all communication methods should be regarded as valid and valuable methods for a communicator to exercise their autonomy and citizenship. We advocate that further research into non-speech communication modes – done in partnership with Autistics – is crucial to provide genuine alternatives that will meet individual needs.

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  • Transitioning to Tertiary Education: top tips from Autistic students and advocates

    Transitioning to Tertiary Education: top tips from Autistic students and advocates

    In this tip sheet, Autistic advocates and university students Medha Gupta and Shadia Hancock provide their top tips for Autistic students wanting to make a smooth and successful transition to tertiary education.

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