AAN Mag Legacy

Australian Autism Aspergers Network Magazine April 2013 Legacy Edition

June 15, 2017 Spectrum Women

Click here to view online flipbook. Must have flash player enabled. AAAN Magazine April 2013 CONTENTS  FEATURES 6 PROFESSOR UTA FRITH Up close and personal. 12 DR. LIANE HOLLIDAY WILLEY, EdD Happy and healthy on a horse. 15 AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY Katherine Annear gives constructive advice. 18 KATHY HOOPMANN  interview with renowned author Kathy Hoopmann. 42 TESCO MUM OF THE YEAR 2013 Winner Anna Kennedy OBE. 46 AVOIDING ASSUMPTIONS Jennifer O’Toole discusses misinterpretations on the spectrum. 61 SPECTRUM SUPERSTARS A journey with autism from Mark and Nichole Andrews. 62 TWICE EXCEPTIONAL Lee Ponder talks about her exceptional boy. 72 BEDROOM ENVIRONMENT […]

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Why I Write… A Spectrum Women Collaboration

June 12, 2017 Spectrum Women

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

May 28, 2017 Spectrum Women

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 being an autistic introvert, I desperately wanted to fit in so bad.  When I could muster the courage to do so, I would occasionally step outside my comfort zone and make myself do things many others would hardly bat an eyelash at. I would do them whether I liked them or not, even at the expense of my […]

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How does it feel, to live in my “own world” ~ Renata Jurkevythz

May 19, 2017 Spectrum Women

A very common statement people make about autistics is how they “live in their own world”. For non-autistics it can very much look like the person is locked in, in a parallel world, not acknowledging what goes on around them. For each individual on the autism spectrum, this “inner world” definitely feels different and may have an effect on their interactions with the world around them. Here, I want to explain my personal experience of being in my inner world. Some may resonate with my personal experience and for others it may be completely different. But as human beings, we […]

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Salads, Spreadsheets & the Spectrum: The Fight that Has Nothing to Do with Food – Jennifer O’Toole

May 7, 2017 Spectrum Women

**Content Warning: Eating Disorders, Self-Harm Including excerpts from Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life” Some years ago, psychologist Carol Dweck took a good, hard look at a bunch of very bright fifth-grade boys and girls. Specifically, she observed what happened when these kids were presented with new concepts — confusing information meant to cause them a bit of frustration. How, Dr. Dweck wondered, would they handle the stress? Among the girls in the study, the higher the IQ, the more likely they were to give up when asked to learn something that was particularly foreign or […]

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Disability Free December — Linda Wemyss

May 4, 2017 Spectrum Women

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 day, generalised pain and fatigue, a seven year old migraine, a neurological condition called dysautonomia, and a wide range of medical problems involving my organs. I use a wheelchair. I also have autism, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (c-PTSD), anxiety disorder, dysthymia, and a few common medical problems […]

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My Life – Barbara Schaefer

May 10, 2017 Spectrum Women

I remember the day last April when I heard this Professor interviewed on the radio about his diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and what it meant. I just sat there open-mouthed. The fact that he was an intellectual, a fully-fledged academic even, who had been diagnosed in his late forties probably helped me. I am a granny of now 62, and I felt the beginning of yet another reckoning, a making peace with myself dawning. As a social worker dealing with mental health clients since my fifties, I had already had many opportunities to reflect when thinking of individual clients’ […]

Autism April

To the person who changed my life: A tribute to Polly Samuel by Jeanette Purkis

April 30, 2017 Spectrum Women

This is probably the hardest thing I have had to write so far. It is also something I desperately need and want to do. When I was asked to write this I felt conflicted. Would it be enough? Would I say the ‘right’ things? Would it do justice to the person it is written for, my first and most influential mentor? This is the sincerest of thank you’s but also an apology for not staying in touch, and not really appreciating what I was given so freely. Now that time is limited I feel I do not have enough to […]

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

April 24, 2017 Spectrum Women

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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