Amplified: Autistics in Conversation – S1 E3: Conversation with Kathy Isaacs

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With an Autistic host and all Autistic guests, our podcast aims to amplify Autistic voices from a diverse range of backgrounds, with Australian and international Autistic advocates sharing their stories and perspectives from lived experience. You will also find the episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other favourite apps.

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S1 E3: Conversation with Kathy Isaacs

In this third episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Kathy Isaacs, who is an Autistic advocate and activist. Kathy is Reframing Autism’s chairperson and also a director of the charity, The Autistic Realm Australia, or TARA, which facilitates connections and education through Autistic people. Previously, Kathy was the chair of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand.

In the conversation, Kathy reflects on her late diagnosis, having discovered her Autistic identity while reading about Autism. Kathy discusses what encouraged her to become involved in Autism advocacy and activism and what continues to drive her work in these areas. Kathy also talks about her work with TARA in providing peer support to Autistic adults and children through its various online communities. Finally, Kathy discusses her work as a palliative care nurse. She reflects on what drew her to that work and also her role in helping Autistic people in accessing the healthcare system.


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