Did you know that Autism is Actually Awesome? If you still think that being Autistic means a life of stress, worry and social isolation - think again! Listening to Shadia will surely convince you otherwise. Lou and Shadia discuss Shadia's life growing up, their amazing advocate/teacher mum, the progressive and inclusive school that Shadia attended in recent years, Autistic identity, animal therapy, speech pathology, gender identity, mental health and a whole lot more. Shadia is such an insightful and beautiful person. The lived experience of neurodiversity strengths is totally inspiring and uplifting. Enjoy this powerful episode.
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Resources discussed in this episode:
1. The ICAN Network
2. Peter Hutton was the principal at Shadia's school. This is his TED talk. Well worth a watch.
3. Shadia's organisation - Autism Actually:
4. Shadia mentions Mind Dog as an organisation to understand the role of therapy assistance dogs:
5. Reframing Autism. Shadia mentioned that this organisation look to employ Autistic people and assist them with many aspects of life.
6. Yellow Ladybugs: