• Inspiration

    Autistic and Damn Proud of It! ~ Jen Elcheson

    It wasn’t too long ago that I could admit to myself that I am truly damn proud to be autistic. It was a serious lesson in self-acceptance. Learning to accept being autistic meant learning to accept myself. As I have mentioned in some of my other writings, my diagnosis story [...]
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    Proud of being myself ~ Renata Jurkevythz

    Today is Autistic Pride Day. When I sat at my computer thinking about the best way to address this subject, I realized I just couldn’t think of autism on its own, but of all of my traits as a person. When we talk about being proud of our neurology it [...]
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    What Autistic Pride means to me by Maura Campbell

    “What’s wrong with him, then?”  The man gawped at my nine-year-old son, taking in his noise-cancelling headphones, the belt around his waist and the strap attaching him to the dog. He then turned his full attention to me. He stared, demanding a response, expecting a justification to be provided for [...]
  • Inspiration

    Autistic Pride: Be Unashamedly You ~ Barb Cook

    I believe in myself… finally. It hasn’t always been this way. Life was this strange existence that I could never quite figure a way to get through. Well, that was to the outside world. Life in my own world made perfect sense, especially as a young girl, but that changed [...]
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An Education to Politics – Differentiation ~ Linda Wemyss

by Spectrum Women in Featured

Pauline Hanson, One Nation Senator, and someone who should know better, came out today commenting that students with Autism should be segregated away from mainstream classrooms as they are taking up too much of the teachers time, at the expense of other student’s education. Apparently mainstream children want to get ahead by leaps and bounds, but Autistic children are holding them back. Pfft. What a crock of shit. For starters, let us not kid ourselves [...]

Nightclub Nightmare & The Day I Stood Up For Myself – Jen Elcheson

by Spectrum Women in Featured

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am not the kind of person who likes to go out much and explore uncharted social territory. It is a strong innate dislike as I am quite introverted and not much of a people person. However, in my younger days, before I had come to terms with [...]

Disclosure – The Pros and Cons – Maura Campbell

by Maura Campbell in Autism April

Whether to disclose an autism diagnosis is an important issue for many newly diagnosed adults. I would never presume to tell someone in that position what to do, though I would encourage them to take a bit of time to think about it.  What is said [...]

Disability Free December — Linda Wemyss

by Linda Wemyss in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

A few years ago, I had had enough of disability to last me a lifetime. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which involves faulty collagen, which is the glue that holds our bodies together, so I am literally falling apart. Ehlers Danlos in my case, involves multiple joint dislocations and subluxations every [...]

“Autism Saved My Life” By Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS

by Spectrum Women in Autism April

For 36 of my 40 years, I was disabled. I was cut off from the world but for the tiny bubble that was my bedroom. Barely able to care for myself, angry, scared and lonely, I felt hopeless and broken. Suicidal thoughts were a daily reminder of my inadequacies and failures. I [...]

How I Learned To Love Having My Period as an Autistic Woman – Kate Ross

by Spectrum Women in Autism April

VAGINA!! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, we can get down to business. This article will be using blunt and factual language which may make some readers squeamish, but my aim is to help start a conversation and not to offend. As women, we all share the commonality of experiencing menstruation, more colloquially [...]
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Why I Write… A Spectrum Women Collaboration

June 12, 2017

Inspired by “Why I Ride”, Barb Cook’s love letter to motorcycling published in Spectrum Women in October 2016, some of the Spectrum Women Writing Team have decided to share their thoughts on their shared passion for writing… Jeanette Purkis I am Autistic and also have schizophrenia. I often joke that it was pretty much guaranteed I would end up being a writer with those two diagnoses and the creativity which so often comes along with them. I started writing young. I got to read out my poetry at school assemblies from about the age of eight. High school English was […]

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Latest News

Developing a National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis in Australia – Viewpoint Survey – Autism CRC

April 24, 2017

Australia’s first ever national guideline for diagnosing autism is under development. We strongly believe that these guideline should be informed by the needs and wants of people with lived experience of receiving a diagnosis and not just the perspectives of health professionals, service providers and policy makers. This research project is about creating the opportunity for this to happen. Please share this study with family members, friends, members and clients so as many people as possible can share their views. Who can participate?  Adolescents (12 year and over) and adults with a diagnosis of ASD under the DSM-5 (or equivalent […]

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Autistic Women, Pregnancy and Motherhood – Lana Grant

February 16, 2017

I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2007 at the age of 38. I was already a mother of five children when I received my diagnosis. The process was not straightforward and it followed on, as is quite common, from one of my son’s diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Two years later I was pregnant with my youngest child. As I had my diagnosis I decided to use Mr. Google to see if I could connect with other autistic, pregnant women. Unfortunately, the results returned were not exactly what I was looking for. If you type in pregnant + autistic you […]

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The Chameleons: Women with Autism

June 19, 2016

We often hear about autism in men, but rarely in women. SBS The Feed, looks at three different generations of women living with autism and how the stigma of the condition is amplified. We often hear about autism in men, but rarely in women. The Feed looks at three different generations of women living with autism and how the stigma of the condition is amplified by gender. More than 200,000 Australians have autism. It’s diagnosed four times more in males than in females and some experts in the field believe this reflects a failure of diagnostic processes rather than a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Am I Autistic? by Lydia Andal

January 19, 2017

AM I AUTISTIC? A guide to Autism & Asperger’s Self-Diagnosis for Adults By Lydia Andal Published by New Idealist Limited, London Review by Terri Mayne International Aspergirl Society UK Ambassador    “Am I Autistic?” is a refreshing and positive book about autism in adults, focusing on autistic adults without learning difficulties. What makes this book stand out is that the author demonstrates the things that autistics can do, and do well, and not just what they can’t do. Lydia Andal uses the phrase “Professional Autistic” to perfectly describe the autistic who has a career, lives independently yet may find it difficult […]

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Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ~ Lisa Morgan M.Ed.

November 20, 2016

An Insider Guide for Individuals, Family, Friends, and Professional Responders Losing someone to suicide brings daily tribulations and long-term challenges. These challenges are exacerbated when you have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This book looks at how suicide loss is experienced and processed by people who have ASD, and how they can be supported by those around them. Losing someone to suicide can open up a world of pain, confusion and grief, and for people with ASDs, the effect can be acute and extremely challenging. Reaching out to fellow Aspies, Lisa Morgan proffers her insight and advice to ensure that others […]

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The A to Z of ASDs – Rudy Simone

August 24, 2016

Aunt Aspie’s Guide to Life Rudy Simone. Foreword by Stephen M. Shore Aunt Aspie’s A to Z of sassy, no-nonsense advice covers all the topics adults on the autism spectrum need to know about. Delivered with humour, this book discusses dating and diets and talks about trust and travel. The array of topics in this book leave no issue unexplained. The A to Z of ASDs is a one-stop shop for adults on the autism spectrum in the form of an alphabetical guide to an array of challenging topics. From anxiety to zen meditation, compassion to self-esteem, dating to socializing […]

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