Writing #Autistic Characters—An #ActuallyAutistic Perspective

Writing #Autistic Characters—An #ActuallyAutistic Perspective

Writing Autistics

Writing Autistics

do

  • ask us for our help and input
  • listen to what we tell you
  • respect us as unique individuals
  • remember we have feelings
  • give us subtle, complex motivations
  • portray adults as well as children

don’t

  • ridicule our differences
  • treat us as objects of pity
  • assume our goal is to be like you
  • use our behaviours as a running joke
  • fall into lazy, outdated stereotyping
  • expect praise just for mentioning us

We need role models, not ammunition for bullies.

On the Red Dot – autism

On the Red Dot – autism

Dawn-joy Leong, accompanied as always by her darling Lucy, speaks eloquently about autism and acceptance on a TV programme broadcast last week in Singapore.

Dawn-joy Leong

Lucy and I were featured on Mediacorp’s Channel 5 – On the Red Dot – last week, 21 July 2017. The programme was about autism in Singapore.

The full programme is at the Toggle site – though I am told that people outside of Singapore may not be able to access the site. Here is the link anyway.

A written article on the programme can be accessed via this link.

For friends wanting a ‘preview’ of my upcoming installation, Clement Space in the City (2017), do check out the videos!

Thank you, The BIG Anxiety Festival, for allowing the preview of my installation; and Moriya Diamond, for letting us use your space and providing such a wonderful teatime spread afterwards!

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Perfect storm. #autism – by Sonia Boué (reblog)

Perfect storm. #autism – by Sonia Boué (reblog)

Historically I’ve not often reblogged posts by other writers — in fact it’s probably only about 3 times in all the years. And that’s because I wanted the focus of this blog to be me. But now, with the “rebranding” and relaunch as My Autistic Dance I feel I want to expand what I publish here to include links to other posts that are insightful and illuminating, and principally about autism, such as this one by my dear friend Sonia.

The context for my poem Perfect storm is the research for my Arts Council Funded project – The Museum for Object Research. It isn’t about any one person or conversation, but more about my growing understanding of the ways in which I am disabled – despite being a competent human – by ingrained assumption and the double empathy bind.

Source: Read the whole post on The Other Side here