Articles about: Autism

Transitioning from conference to university

19 October 2017 – Bethany Gray always felt she was different from people around her and wondered why. When she was 17 she was diagnosed as being autistic. This is her journey. THE AUTISM diagnosis I received at 17 explained my difficulty in reading body language, understanding behaviours and communicating with others. With the help […]

The fight for my culture, my Autistic identity

16 October 2017 – Attending Apac17 autism conference in Sydney recently was a ‘Jeanette holiday” for Australian autism author Jeanette Purkis because she got to meet up with friends she rarely sees, had incredible conversations, met new people and learned new things. I AM HAPPY and proud to be me and all that means. In my […]

Hiring autistic employees – a smart choice

28 September 2017 – “We all have gifts and talents that can shine if given the chance” PEOPLE WITH autism often have difficulty getting or keeping a job. Liliya John, Rebecca Flower, Catherine Trezona and Jason White discuss neurodiversity in the workforce and the benefits of hiring autistic employees. People with autism may have many invaluable […]

A time and space for Takiwātanga

30 May 2017 – Racism filled schooling for Keri Opai but there was discrimination against anyone who was different, including those with autism. Today he has come up with a Māori word for ‘autism’. He explains the interpretation and the journey taken in creating it.   Tēnā koutou katoa e te hunga pānui Ko Taranaki […]

Award-winning autism book a guide for teachers

30 May 2017 – CALMING SENSORY rooms or gardens are preferable for a distressed autistic child compared to seclusion rooms – the use of which reveal a lack of teacher education, says a contributor to an award-winning book on strategies for teachers of autistic children. Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising practices and […]

Want sugar with your spaghetti?

14 March 2017 – French writer Josef Schovanec’s biography describes him as an ‘activist for autistic people’. “What does that mean?” Altogether Autism editor Mary Anne Gill asked him in Wellington where he is living for five months as the 2017 laureate of the Randell Cottage Residency. JOSEF SCHOVANEC wanted to become a lecturer in philosophy […]

The signs of autism

Jenny Gibbs, clinical psychologist and Altogether Autism Professional Expert Group members asks when should a parent be concerned enough to seek an assessment for their child? 22 November 2016 – THE NEW ZEALAND Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Guideline sets out clear guidelines about signs to look out for that would suggest a referral for assessment […]

Connecting through support

A Journey of Hope with Pasifika Autism Support Group 22 November 2016 – BRIAN AND BETTY Pulefolau set up Pasifika Autism Support Group six years ago after their eldest son Roman, then 4 ½ was diagnosed with Autism. In the beginning of their autism journey, they were trying to understand what Autism was and how […]