Our view on Autism.

At Reframing Autism, we think of Autism as a brain difference that is basic and fundamental to who we are.

Autistic people develop differently to non-autistic people. Autistic individuals think, move, interact, sense and process differently to what people might expect and have qualities that make us like other Autistic people.

These qualities include differences in the way we:

  • communicate. Many of us communicate with others in ways that aren’t typical or usual,
  • experience and display our feelings,
  • interact with others,
  • form and understand our friendships and relationships,
  • engage in the things we are passionate about or experts in,
  • imagine, and play,
  • see patterns and connections, and
  • perceive or sense the world around us.

At Reframing Autism, we talk about Autism as a way our brains process our experiences. We do not use the word “disorder” to describe our Autism. Instead, we talk about ourselves as different, not disordered. Because Autism is not a disease or an illness; it is not curable or treatable.

It can be challenging, though. But we think the challenges often come because other non-autistic people struggle to understand us, and the world can feel so very overwhelming at times.

So, we want to change the frame through which we view Autism. We want to dare that overwhelming world to lose the accepted stereotypes about Autism, its stigmas, and prejudices.

We want to change the lens so that society can see the strength in Autism, its value, and its beauty.

Reframing Autism gives the Autistic community, and the people who love and support us, a way we can celebrate who we are, how we exist, and what we have to offer.

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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, Cammeraygal, Wattamattagal, Wadawurrung, Wajuk, Amangu and Bunurong 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.