Resources

  • Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

    Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

    • Blogs
    • December 07, 2019

    This Christmas, put aside traditions and preconceived ideas of what Christmas “should” look like, and let your child lead. Make new traditions… Find new ways of being joyful. And never let the pressure of expectation ruin the beauty of your family’s unique way of being together.

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  • The importance of parents

    The importance of parents

    • Blogs
    • December 01, 2019

    “With their [parents’] love, support and advocacy, we learn to value ourselves and different ways of being.” Read the impassioned insights of Tim Chan, delivered at Reframing Autism’s official stakeholder launch, NSW Parliament House, 28 November 2019.

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  • Reframing Autism: Why, what, how?

    Reframing Autism: Why, what, how?

    • Blogs
    • December 01, 2019

    “We implore you to support our organisation to continue our work changing lives.” Read Melanie Heyworth’s full speech, delivered at Reframing Autism’s official stakeholder launch, NSW Parliament House, 28 November 2019.

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  • Launch of Reframing Autism

    Launch of Reframing Autism

    On Saturday 26 October, Reframing Autism was launched at the Now and Next Family Conference. The following blog is the speech given by Reframing Autism’s CEO and founder, Dr Melanie Heyworth, at the launch.

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  • What is play?

    What is play?

    Play is synonymous with enjoyment: it implies engagement, fun, immersion. The definition does not — and I say again, emphatically NOT — prescribe what play is. It describes the feeling that we experience when we play (enjoyment); it does not prescribe what activities constitute ‘play’.

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  • Hosting an inclusive event for Autistic participants

    Hosting an inclusive event for Autistic participants

    Are you having an event that includes Autistic participants or delegates (adults or children)? Do you want to ensure that your event is accessible and respectful of Autistic sensory and communication needs? These guidelines will help you to support the needs of the Autistic individuals attending your event.

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  • Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Although I have had some very positive feedback about my Manifesto for Allies, one part of the Manifesto has prompted more questions and discussion than any other section. My stance on Autistic passions has caused some consternation (or at least uncertainty), so I wanted to spend some time expanding and explaining my thinking on this matter further. Bear with me: this post is another long one!

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  • A manifesto for allies adopting an acceptance approach to Autism

    A manifesto for allies adopting an acceptance approach to Autism

    • Blogs
    • February 15, 2019

    If you are reading this manifesto, you are likely in the privileged position of being able to be an ally, and to help the Autistic people with whom you live or work or interact to realise their rights and feel loved and welcomed in the world, as they are, not as you (or anyone else) would like them to be. You have the chance to shape the narrative of Autism to one that unites us as a community defined by mutual respect and appreciation. I invite you to see Autism from an Autistic viewpoint, and to join our Autistic community on our journey to acceptance.

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  • The gift of unconditional love

    The gift of unconditional love

    Very often when I talk with parents of Autistic children, especially parents of Autistic children who are non-traditional communicators, one of their deepest and most abiding fears is that their child will never say the words, ‘I love you’ to them. It seems to many parents to be such a fundamental and profound need, to hear those words, spoken by their child, in their child’s own voice, like it is the ultimate proof of the bond between child and parent, the paramount evidence of shared devotion.

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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.