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Amplified: Autistics in Conversation with Reframing Autism
19 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Conversation with Sam Rose
In this sixth episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Sam Rose, who is an Autistic advocate, mentor and student.Sam is a program facilitator, mentoring Autistic youth with the I CAN Network, and is currently undertaking an internship with Reframing Autism. Sam is soon to complete a Bachelor of Arts/Psychology where they have been developing academic interest in the intersection of Autism and mental health, and the concept of neurodiversity more broadly. As a member of the Queer community, Sam is also interested in working at the intersection of Autistic LGBTIQA+ identity and unpacking internalised stigma, and they are currently co-authoring a book on this topic with Yenn Purkis. In the conversation, Sam reflects on their late Autistic identification in their early twenties. Sam discusses some of the barriers to finding and embracing an Autistic identity and what Autistic empowerment looks like. Sam talks about their deep passion for Autism, and also their strong interest in gardening and being in nature. Sam also talks about their rewarding work with the I CAN Network, connecting with young Autistic people. Finally, they chat about their drive to reduce stigma and increase understanding of the intersections between Autism and mental health issues as well as gender and sexuality.
39 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Conversation with Tigger Pritchard
In this fifth episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Tigger Pritchard, who is an Autistic advocate, trainer and consultant,. Tigger has devoted the past thirty years to working with neurodivergent individuals in many capacities. He consults to individuals, families and organisations, sharing his extensive skills, knowledge and lived experience. Tigger is the longest-serving Makaton (keyword sign) tutor in the United Kingdom. He’s also involved with the National Autistic Society in the county of Cornwall. And he runs the Facebook page The Autistic Coffee Shop with Tigger Pritchard, as well as an Instagram account and YouTube channel. In the conversation, Tigger reflects on his late identification, having only discovered his Autistic identity at the age of 55. Tigger discusses his deep passion for "the world of Autism". Tigger also talks about the pathological demand avoidance profile (PDA), how it presents and how it is frequently misunderstood. Finally, Tigger discusses his volunteer role with the National Autistic Society in Cornwall and his broader advocacy work. He talks about what drives his advocacy, including his passion for reframing the narrative around Autism and PDA.
24 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Conversation with Stevie Lang
In this fourth episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Stevie Lang, who is an Autistic trans advocate and writer. Stevie writes about Autism, gender, sexuality and relationships. They have a large, engaged Instagram following at their account @_steviewrites. In the conversation, Stevie reflects on their late diagnosis, having discovered their Autistic identity at 28 while reading about Autism. Stevie discusses how they became involved in education and advocacy around disability and sexuality and what continues to drive their work in this. Stevie also talks about accepting their Autistic identity, their PhD, and their deep interests in relationships and queer theory. Finally, Stevie discusses their transgender expression and experience.
18 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Conversation with Kathy Isaacs
In this third episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Kathy Isaacs, who is an Autistic advocate and activist. Kathy is Reframing Autism's chairperson and also a director of the charity, The Autistic Realm Australia, or TARA, which facilitates connections and education through Autistic people. Previously, Kathy was the chair of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand. In the conversation, Kathy reflects on her late diagnosis, having discovered her Autistic identity while reading about Autism. Kathy discusses what encouraged her to become involved in Autism advocacy and activism and what continues to drive her work in these areas. Kathy also talks about her work with TARA in providing peer support to Autistic adults and children through its various online communities. Finally, Kathy discusses her work as a palliative care nurse. She reflects on what drew her to that work and also her role in helping Autistic people in accessing the healthcare system.
20 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Conversation with Yenn Purkis
In this second episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny then introduces Yenn Purkis, who is an Autistic and non-binary advocate, presenter, and author and co-author of 10 books. Yenn's advocacy work began in 2005, and since that time they have been prolific, producing memes, blogs, videos, and undertaking many speaking engagements. In the conversation, Yenn reflects on their diagnosis during their twenties and they fact it took quite some time to accept their Autistic identity. Yenn also discusses what spurred on their journey as an advocate and reflects on some of their achievements. Yenn talks about their writing career, including what motivated them to start writing books, and explores some of their recent and upcoming titles. Yenn also reveals some of their aspirations and hopes for the Autistic community. And finally, they discuss some of their strategies for mental health and wellbeing.
30 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Conversation with Dr Melanie Heyworth
In this first episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny then introduces Dr Melanie Heyworth, who is an Australian Autistic woman, a self and systemic advocate for the Autistic community, Reframing Autism’s founder and CEO, a PhD candidate, and proud mother and educator to her three Autistic children. In their conversation, Melanie reflects on her late identification as Autistic, and how that led her to a growing interest in advocacy. Melanie also discusses the evolution of Reframing Autism from a small passion project to the busy not-for-profit organisation it has become. She talks about her hopes for the future, that there will be no need to 'reframe Autism', that Autism will have been 'reframed', and that Autistic culture and identity are recognised as valuable contributors to the richness of humanity. Melanie also summarises her current research into Autistic-led models of care to support families to understand their children's neurology. And finally, she discusses the challenges of balancing work, study, and parenthood, and how her hyperfocus and passion for learning spur her on.
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