Autism April

My Autism Utopia – Nelle Frances

April 7, 2017 Spectrum Women

Do I have an Autism Spectrum condition; am I Autistic, or am I a person with Autism?  After 26 years on this journey I still don’t know. Do I want to Light it up Blue for autism awareness / acceptance / understanding / action? Or do I want to be Autism Aware every single day? Are we born Autistic or do we “get” Autism from vaccinations, food colourings, gut issues, nut allergies or gene defects? Do I want research to focus on the cause of Autism? Or should I want research to find a cure for Autism?  Or do I […]

Education

From the inside, looking out.

July 1, 2016 Spectrum Women

ASD is for life: just like having grey eyes, or short fingers. We can choose to change these things of course, if we want to; mask them with coloured contacts or long fingernails. But underneath they remain the same, our secret. Our global community accepts that eyes and fingers come in a variety of colours and lengths. We accept that some people are great at Maths and logic; others excel in creative pursuits of art and music. So, why can’t we accept difference in the way people process the world around them? Why must only one way be “acceptable” and […]

Education

ASD needs time and takes a village!

June 17, 2016 Spectrum Women

The numbers of ASD children are on the rise and so my services of workshops and advocacy are in higher demand.  I’ve been travelling all over the place lately – metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas. ASD has no borders or boundaries; prevalence rates aren’t affected by race, colour or creed. What we know though, is that rates are on the rise … Teachers are reporting 3 – 5 ASD students in every classroom (25 to 28 kids) and therapists have never been busier. That means Australia’s statistic of 1 in 68 is way off target and the real figure is more […]