Autistics Feeling Proud

Recently I attended the I CAN NETWORK “AWETISM 2017: Celebrating The Spectrum Expo” which was a gig I won’t forget for a long time.

At this Expo students who were involved in the I CAN Secondary Schools Program showcased their talents and abilities.

The main message for me after attending this Expo, is how important it is that we encourage people who are on the Spectrum to be proud & our society needs to be more accepting.

See below my chat with Chris Varney, Founder of the I Can Network along with Julia Wake, the Chair of the I Can Network Board.

Wheel Chair to Wheel Chair, with Tim Ferguson

Humour & Disability, an interesting mix.

It was great chatting with Tim Ferguson on a range of things, like humour, attitudes, employment & NDIS.

He’s a funny guy of course, a well-known comedian.

Tim was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 & has an interesting take on Disability.

By chance, after meeting with Tim, I had the opportunity to have a quick chat with Todd Sampson, if you don’t know him, where have you been?

My Communication M.A.P.S.

Before I press  “Call” or “Send” to start communicating, I check my M.A.P.S.

Method – Audience – Purpose – Self-Reflection M.A.P.S.

Method – The best way to communicate, text, email, face-to-face, or a phone call ?

Audience – Who are they & how well do I know them?

Purpose – Why am I doing this?

Self-Reflection – Am I in the right headspace to start communicating?

The first step before I send an email or make that phone call is to run this checklist in my mind.

Most of us feel okay when it comes to communicating to different people, however, in the disability space right now, things are changing, as there are more players from different backgrounds who have different agendas.

We maybe advocating, promoting or simply looking for services that meets the needs of people with disabilities.

Whatever the reason is for communicating, it has to be effective.

Communicating from a wheelchair, being a Justice of the Peace & my interest in multiculturalism has been a great way for me to build on my effective communication technique.

A friend of mine Zen, & I have set up Empower Your English (EYE).

Our initial thoughts were that EYE would benefit culturally diverse consumers, however we are noticing that there is an interest from others who want to hear our individual communication approach that we use.

Our website eyenow.melbourne will give you more information about our workshops & when they are.