An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?
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by Spectrum Women
7M ago
by Barb Cook M.Aut.(Edu), Dip.HSc.(Nut), Developmental Educator, Integrative Neurodivergent Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy. Self-determination and self-advocacy are pinnacle life skills that drives your success in education, employment, independence and within society. With the right supports, tools and strategies, you can develop a strong sense of self-determination, that builds your confidence in knowing how to advocate for your needs. When neurodive ..read more
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Living My Life More Authentically Autistic by Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin
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by Spectrum Women
7M ago
Over the last year I’ve been on a path of understanding myself and my place in the world in an entirely different way than before. Last year I received my autism diagnosis, and earlier this year, it was confirmed that I also have ADHD. Finally, in my early forties, I now have a language and understanding of experiences which have confused me my whole life. Somewhere at last to sensibly organise that bundle of personal oddities and self-enquiries I’d buried deep inside and tried to cover up. For the most part, when I was young, I got by okay enough. [...] The post Living My Life More Authentica ..read more
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What is Wellness?
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by Spectrum Women
7M ago
by Barb Cook M.Aut.(Edu), Dip.HSc.(Nut), Developmental Educator, Integrative Neurodivergent Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach We all need energy. How we obtain it however can come from a variety of sources. We can get energy from food which gives us calories to burn, sleep which restores our mental and physical wellbeing so we have energy to do things throughout the day, and from doing things we enjoy. Looking at all the different ways to obtain energy has me thinking about the necessity of food. Food provides our bodies with fuel as well as sustaining life. Over the past few decades, we ..read more
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‘What I (Don’t) Know About Autism’ – Interview with Jody O’Neill
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
  Interview by Maura Campbell, Spectrum Women Features Writer. When writer and actor Jody O’Neill reached out to Spectrum Women about ‘What I (Don’t) Know About Autism’, I couldn’t resist getting in touch with her to find out more about the woman behind this groundbreaking Irish theatre production (soon to be available on demand). Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors and inspired by Jody’s own experiences, the play takes the audience on a journey that celebrates autistic identity and offers deeper insights to those less familiar with autism, smashing some tired old myth ..read more
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Masking and Camouflaging: The Where, When and Why by Barb Cook Developmental Educator
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
Autistic people often mask and camouflage as they feel uncomfortable about showing their true selves, or, to avoid standing out in the crowd. This occurs due to a lack of understanding and acceptance of difference within society, and the autistic person feeling they must hide who they really are, in fear of being seen as odd, weird or strange. There are some differences between masking and camouflaging and when this can happen. Camouflaging is generally seen as trying to merge into the background, not to be seen or stand out to other people. Another term is blending. You are trying [...] The p ..read more
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Disability Behind The Curtain by Gabrielle Hailstone
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
Standing in B+ behind a draped curtain was my most anticipated experience as an autistic dancer. “5, 6, 7, 8…and pirouette! That’s great, now again.” I loved that part. The “again” part. Until I was twenty years old, ballet was my special interest. It’s what I wanted to be when I grew up: A prima ballerina. A dream that would ultimately end in failure when I couldn’t “take it” any longer. But what was “it” that I couldn’t “take” exactly? Rhetorical Question (RQ), I thought it was the “dance world”. I thought it was a number of different things other [...] The post Disability Behind The Curtain ..read more
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Autistic Pride: Be Unashamedly You ~ Barb Cook
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by Barb Cook
1y ago
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 around me. Life in my own world made perfect sense — especially as a young girl — but that changed as the years went by, and self-doubt began to creep in. I have blundered my way through most of my life until I learnt about autism back in 2008, leading to my diagnosis in 2009. That day, March 3rd, was the best day of my life. [...] The post Autistic Pride: Be Unashamedly You ~ Barb Cook appeared first on Spectrum ..read more
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Research Study: Factors Contributing to Higher Education Success – La Trobe University
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
Lyndel Kennedy, PhD student at La Trobe University is seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about the higher education experiences of students in Australia and New Zealand. I’m wanting to learn more about the predictors of success, and barriers to accessing supports for students with, and without, neurodivergent conditions, such as Autism, ADHD and dyslexia. It is expected that this research will contribute to improving the supports provided to neurodivergent students in higher education, and thus increase their opportunities to succeed in their education. Would the ..read more
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Pity? Ugh! by Lisa Morgan M.Ed. CAS
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
**Content warning: suicide I had a service provider working with one of my sons say they were ‘sorry’ to me the other day.  This person hadn’t done anything wrong – until their apology.  They were ‘sorry’ for the state of my life.  Sorry… for my life being the way it is as far as they understood it! Yes, parenting as an autistic adult is difficult.  (I imagine parenting as a non autistic adult is difficult as well.)  Yes, growing up autistic in the 60’s/70’s was very difficult.  Yes, being bullied throughout my lifespan so far has been demeaning and harsh.  ..read more
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Representation Matters by Yenn Purkis
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by Spectrum Women
1y ago
Musician Sia recently released a film called Music which caused controversy in the autism / neurodiversity community as it features an allistic actor playing an autistic character. Sia caused further offence by talking about levels of functioning and at one point called an autistic actor who said they would have liked to have been cast in the film as ‘a bad actor.’ This post isn’t going to be all about ‘what Sia did’ but the situation does highlight a big issue in the autism community and the disability community more broadly – that of representation in media and representation generally ..read more
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