The Autistic Realm Australia director and proudly Autistic parent of an Autistic, transgender child, Anna Cristina, gives her top 10 strategies for supporting Autistic-LGTBQIA+ children in this downloadable tip sheet.
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.
Psychologist, Raelene Dundon, describes her journey of being a late-diagnosed Autistic woman and how being openly Autistic has informed the choices she has made to create a more collaborative and meaningful therapeutic process.
Entrepreneur, Chloe Andrew, tells of how she used her Autistic identity to inform the creation of Studio Misfits – an affirming, empowering, compassionate and radically accepting service for neurodivergent and LGTBQIA+ folk.
Harry Thompson (pronouns he/him) is an Autistic and PDA writer, public speaker, educator, advocate and consultant. In Harry Thompson, Life in Pictures, Harry explores his childhood, teenage and early adult years, offering invaluable insights into the PDA experience.
If you are an Australian Autistic adult who is passionate about embarking on, or strengthening your existing, advocacy for the Autistic community, with a focus on organic, authentic Autistic wellbeing, this course is a perfect choice for you.
Join our community
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.