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: [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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Autism Advocate Elise Muller meets the Royals

First of all, I must apologise for the extreme lateness of this post, it’s been a hectic few months, but I figure better late than never! Those of you who have followed Grapevine for sometime will have heard of Elise Muller, but for those who haven’t, she’s a rising star

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Awetism Expo 2018: A one-day museum of wisdom

On the 16th of November, we held our fourth annual Awetism Expo; a day where we book out a space for Autistics to give presentations on their special interests and talents. This year’s lineup was as extraordinary as ever; we had a young man in Year 7 give a talk

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