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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Guest Blog: Harnessing the Aspergian Mind (And Heart)

After reading a friend’s blog over two years ago, (“Asperger’s from the Inside”) I began to feel like pieces of a puzzle were clicking into place. I had just been through a very trying time dealing with people who kept dumping their problems on me, and I wondered why people

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CEO Chris Varney nominated as Australian of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our very own Chief Enabling Officer, Chris Varney, is a nominee for the 2019 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards. Chris’s vision of a Rethink on Autism, a shift from a deficits-focussed approach to a strengths-based one, has touched and benefitted the lives of

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