Grapevine

A Change in Perspective

Last weekend saw I CAN Network’s first camp of 2019, at the Doxa facility in Western Victoria. It was the 14th such camp I personally have worked on, yet I still never ceased to be amazed by the remarkable young Autistics I meet on them. Being surrounded by so many

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Guest Blog: What to do this April for World Autism Month

By Shadia Hancock As many of you may know, this April is Autism Awareness Month. Whilst it is wonderful that we have a month dedicated to raising awareness of Autism, Autistic advocates have highlighted the need to move beyond awareness to acceptance. This is why some people are referring to

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Why Autistic-Led Mentoring Matters

by James Cifuentes Having Autistic mentors when I was growing up would have been a game-changer for me. I had very mixed results in high school. My grades were largely good and my aptitude tests were exceptional, but as I got older and my peers started becoming more and more

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Grape To Meet You: Wenn Lawson

G’day fellow mammals, and welcome to our recurring feature Grape To Meet You, where we introduce people on the Spectrum and share their insights. Today’s star is Wenn Lawson, a psychologist, writer, and member of I CAN’s board. We thought it’d be great to get his input as someone who’s

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Reflecting on diagnosis

For many Autistics, our diagnosis is a key moment in our lives. It often changes the way we see ourselves radically. Beyond the event itself, it’s also something we carry with us afterwards, a mirror that can change over time. For this edition of Grapevine, we asked a bunch of

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The Roaring Twenties

Originally posted at Max’s Shop of Horrors: //japanmax89.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/the-roaring-twenties/ [Warning: Contains references to self-harm] When I turned 20 back in January 2009 I was depressed, newly diagnosed as Autistic, and so wracked by anxiety that just the five minute walk to the local shops was a harrowing ordeal. I’d just lost

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2018 – A big year for I CAN

2018 marks the 5 th year of I CAN Network, a milestone which itself provided one of the highlights of the year in the form of our 5 th birthday celebration in September, where we reflected on the enormous progress we’ve made since 2013. We’ve come a long, long way

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