Facilitated Communication: Sydney’s Story

Monday, August 31st, 2009 | Oddpod | 5 Comments

Although Sydney’s sounds and body speak the language of her personality, sometimes, not always reliably, the language of her feelings, Sydney Edmonds was without speech until late childhood. She then gained speech through typed communication. In her case, due to significant motor planning issues, hypotonia and the involuntary avoidance, diversion and retaliation responses of Exposure Anxiety, this typed communication was facilitated, meaning it involved physical support. The person Sydney could then express was so much vaster than what she could express in just sounds and movement. It was an exuberant, humorous, philosophical, spiritual and deep thinking artist and designer who went on to write her first poetry book by her teens, The Purple Tree. Documentary film maker, Melanie Levy went to film Sydney and her extraordinary story, the result of which is the film My Name is Sydney. Here is my interview with Melanie about the film and her time with Sydney Edmonds.

Interview with agony aunt Barabara Jacobs

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 | Oddpod | 4 Comments

Is the Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder (CADD)attributed to some non-spectrum partners of Aspies be real? And if so, could it also apply to those on the autism spectrum who feel they are not loved for who they really are? If CADD is little more than a recently formulated syndrome, could it not be confused with things like co-dependency, Masochistic Personality Disorder or even more common in those with personality traits which are more socially needy than those without these traits? And if those claiming to suffer from CADD are mostly non-spectrum women living with autistic partners, what about non-spectrum men in a similar position? Do they experience CADD too? How might mixed partnerships between spectrum and non-spectrum adults avoid culture clashes being blamed as ‘deprivation’? Here Barbara Jacobs and I discuss these issues in the context of the recent Tony Attwood controversy.

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That Tony Attwood Controversy

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Oddpod | 34 Comments

Following the recent incendiary theatrics surrounding international autism expert and author, Tony Attwood, I invited him to a Skype interview. I recorded the hour long interview in which I asked Tony about his involvement with FAAS, his take on CAAD, his view on autistic culture and the autistic pride movement, about the concept of hate groups and whether he does farcical characterisations of non-spectrum people too. The result was an amusing interview nearly an hour long.

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A day in the life of surrealist Anthony Julian

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 | Oddpod | No Comments

Donna Williams interviews Anthony Julian, a fellow spectrumite, surrealist, singer-songwriter and the new keyboard player with Donna and The Aspinauts.

 The Wonderment of Chris Samuel

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 | Oddpod | 1 Comment

There is often a presumed division between science and art. With his first upcoming art exhibition, Wonderment, coming up at Burrinja this April 09, Donna asked Chris Samuel how he, as a techie, discovered he was also an artist.

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Autism and Acceptance

Sunday, August 31st, 2008 | Oddpod | 3 Comments

John Midgley is a man with Asperger’s, a seeker, a Gadoodleborger, an advocate and strong You Tube presence. Welcome to our conversation in which we explore the culture versus cure debate whilst defining autism and acceptance.

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Audio Interview with Caiseal Mor

Sunday, May 6th, 2007 | Oddpod | 3 Comments

Caiseal Mor is best known as a bestselling fantasy fiction novelist. Those managing his public image have portrayed him to the public in many ways, none of them as a man with autism. Here Caiseal talks to autistic author, Donna Williams, about his decision to go public with his autism, a diagnosis he had in late childhood.

… Donna Williams

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