In this guest blog, Autistic author Josephine Moon describes her journey to establishing Actually Autistic Care, a therapy provider which offers individuals Autistic connection, support, retreats and therapy led by Autistic individuals who truly understand what it means to walk through a neurotypical word with a neurodivergent brain.
Celebrating and nurturing Autistic identity.
Are you ready to celebrate Autistic identities, embrace the Autistic community, and empower Autistic individuals?
Join Reframing Autism as we work to change the world to achieve respect, acceptance and citizenship.
What we do
Our vision is a world in which the Autistic community is supported by its families and allies to achieve genuine acceptance, inclusion, and active citizenship, and in which Autistic culture and identity is celebrated and nurtured.
At Reframing Autism, we want to change the narrative to fit a strengths-based neurodiversity view. Ultimately, our goal is to improve long-term Autistic mental health and wellbeing for both our current and future generations.
Respect. Accept. Embrace. Empower.
We want to change the frame through which society views Autism. The frame we choose to see Autism through is neurodiversity, which means that we see Autism as a valuable, worthy and naturally occurring brain difference.
Our organisation is unique: we are run by Autistic people, and we primarily employ and contract Autistic people. We take this approach because we believe that giving Autistic people the opportunities they deserve to lead and share their lived experiences, is the first step to inclusion, justice and emancipation for our community.
Reframing means acceptance, inclusion, equity and employment.
And that means that we are free to be our Autistic selves.
Let’s talk about Autism
How we understand and view Autism is potentially different to the views you have heard elsewhere.
You see, RA is run mostly by Autistic people. Those of us who aren’t Autistic are neurodivergent.
But our perspectives on Autism don’t come from professional training or university study or book-learning. They come from our lived experience, as professionals, as parents, as Autistic people.
We have lived as Autistic individuals our entire lives, and we each have a deep, personal knowledge of what it is to live Autistically.
It is that experience that informs what we do and why we do it.
You can learn more about the way we view Autism by following the link below.
“I’m Proud to be a Little Bit Different”: The Effects of Autistic Individuals’ Perceptions of Autism and Autism Social Identity on Their Collective Self-esteem, a summary for non-academics
In this open access research coming out of the UK, Rosalind Cooper and colleagues surveyed Autistic adults. The aim was to understand how perceiving Autistic attributes positively and identifying as Autistic and as part of the Autistic community might be associated with wellbeing.
Originally aired at Reframing Autism’s 2021 Symposium on Autistic Flourishing: Acceptance, Authenticity, Autonomy, this presentation by Medha Gupta, a young, queer, Autistic woman of colour, from an immigrant family, explores some of the positive outcomes of always being “the other”. Medha is currently undertaking a Masters in Data Science and Health Technology and serves as […]
Often when we discuss Autism, and a strengths-based approach to Autism, we invoke the term “neurodiversity”. But what is neurodiversity, how is it related to Autism, and what does it mean for the way we think about Autism?
Sex Education and Autistic/LGBTQIA+ Young People, by Dr Emma Goodall, was one of the outstanding keynote presentations at Reframing Autism’s Intersectional Identities: Autism, Gender, Sexuality Symposium in June 2021. Emma is an Autistic researcher, author, educator and life coach. In this webinar, Emma explores key concepts and considerations around sexuality and relationships.
From the 2021 Symposium on Intersectional Identities: Autism, Gender, Sexuality, Reframing Autism and The Autistic Realm Australia (TARA) are pleased to present Autistic parent and TARA board member Anna Cristina on “What do you do when your child comes to you and says…: Practical support strategies.”
In this engaging guest blog, an Autistic doula shares some of her experience as a mother and a doula as well as some practical tips to help overcome some of the unique challenges Autistic mothers face during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
In this guest blog, an Autistic mother's understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is reframed by her neurokin, which transforms her ability to support her child with respect and compassion.
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The Reframing Autism team would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we have the privilege to learn, work, and grow. Whilst we gather on many different parts of this Country, the RA team walk on the land of the Birpai, Gadigal, Darkinjung, Wadawurrung, Jagera, Turrbal, Whadjuk and Southern Yamatji peoples.
We are committed to honouring the rich culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Country, and the diversity and learning opportunities they provide us with. We extend our gratitude and respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to all Elders past, present, and emerging, for their wisdom, their resilience, and for helping this Country to heal.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.