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.
In this fifth episode Ginny Grant begins by introducing the show and providing context about herself and Reframing Autism. Ginny introduces Tigger Pritchard, who is an Autistic advocate, trainer and consultant.
Tigger has devoted the past thirty years to working with neurodivergent individuals in many capacities. He consults to individuals, families and organisations, sharing his extensive skills, knowledge and lived experience. Tigger is the longest-serving Makaton (keyword sign) tutor in the United Kingdom. He’s also involved with the National Autistic Society in the county of Cornwall. And he runs the Facebook page The Autistic Coffee Shop with Tigger Pritchard, as well as an Instagram account and YouTube channel.
In the conversation, Tigger reflects on his late identification, having only discovered his Autistic identity at the age of 55. Tigger discusses his deep passion for “the world of Autism”. Tigger also talks about the pathological demand avoidance profile (PDA), how it presents and how it is frequently misunderstood. Finally, Tigger discusses his volunteer role with the National Autistic Society in Cornwall and his broader advocacy work. He talks about what drives his advocacy, including his passion for reframing the narrative around Autism and PDA.
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, Awabakal, Wattamattagal, Whadjak, Amangu, Bunurong and Kaurna Yarta 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 with which they provide us. 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.