The Autism Podcast

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November 19, 2018  

The Autism Podcast - Episode 3 - Interview with Emma Dalmayne (on the topic of autism stigma and quack ‘treatments’)

In Episode 3, Chris and James interview Emma Dalmayne! Emma is a well known autism rights campaigner in the UK (and internationally) who campaigns against so-called autistic 'treatments', 'cures’ and mistreatment, in particular MMS (chlorine dioxide bleach being used to 'cure' autism). She is autistic herself having been diagnosed at the age of 37. Her youngest son was diagnosed before her which led to her opening a Facebook support group for autistics and parents/carers. She is the author of "It's an Autism Thing - I'll help you understand" and the CEO of Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM), a community organisation which enables families with autistic children and autistic individuals to get out into the community and socialise in an accepting inclusive environment with like-minded peers.

 

Episode timeline:

1:25 - 3:37 - Intro
3:38 - 5:30 - Emma's personal story
5:31 - 8:42 - The lack of support at diagnosis and professional stigma
8:43 - 15:42 - Challenges that autistic people experience today including autism stigma, sensory issues, ABA, schooling, low vs high functioning labels, and some ideas for solutions including homeschooling
15:43 - 22:12 - Fake autism 'cures' and 'treatments' including MMS/CD
22:13 - 30:19, 36:27 - 40:33 - Emma's community work including Autistic Inclusive Meets 
34:39 - 35:32 - Emma's advice to autistic people with poor mental health
35:33 - 41:40 - Changes to society that Emma would ideally like to see
41:40 - 43:41 - Outro

Emma's twitter: https://twitter.com/edalmayne

Emma's book ("It's an Autism Thing - I'll help you understand"): http://www.stasspublications.co.uk/publications/its-an-autism-thing-ill-help-you-understand

Autistic Inclusive Meets website: https://autisticinclusivemeets.com/

Autistic Inclusive Meets Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/autisticinclusivemeets/

Autism Inclusivity Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autisminclusivity/

 

November 7, 2018  

The Autism Podcast - Episode 2 - Interview with Dr Carrie Grant (on the topic of SEN, mental health, stigma and social change)

In Episode 2, Chris and Emma interview Dr Carrie Grant! Carrie is perhaps best known for television, music and radio work but also happens to be a tremendous autism advocate and campaigner, and a parent of autistic children too. Carrie tells us her story and her views on the social and cultural issues that intersect with autism stigma and discrimination. She also talks about mental health, SEN and schools, employers and more!

Episode timeline:

0 - 12.37 - Carrie's personal story of her children's diagnoses and journey
12:38 - 19:27 - Carrie's parenting approach
19:28 - 33:29 - Stigma's impact on mental health (including a bit on marital relationships from 29:35 - 31:53)
33:30 - 46:29 - Schools and SEN, their impact and responsibility, child mental health, and the changes required
46:30 - 50:54: Employment stigma and discrimination, and the changes required
50:55 - 1:09:25 - Views on how to create real positive social and cultural change
1:09:26 - 1:20:51 - Carrie's practical advice for autistic people struggling with poor mental health
1:20:52 - 1:23:13 - Outro

Carrie's twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrieGrant1

Carrie's website: http://www.carrieanddavidgrant.co.uk/ 

October 31, 2018  

The Autism Podcast - Episode 1 (An introduction and group interview with the podcast team!)

Episode 1 begins with introducing the show and what are we aiming to achieve with it and providing context about the London Autism Group Charity that is producing the show. We will then hear from the podcast team (Chris, Morgan, James, Kiran and Emma) including a bit about our personal stories with autism and some of our views about attitudes and the stigma towards autism, what needs to change and improve, the importance of mental health, the challenges of epilepsy and more.

Episode timeline:

0 - 17:15 - Introduction to the podcast, its aims, housekeeping points about language, criticism and disclosure, and how you can support the charity
17:16 - 43:40 - Personal introduction by each of the podcast hosts
43:41 - 1:20:39 - Group discussion about autism stigma, its impact on mental health, and thoughts on how to challenge stigma and improve understanding
1:20:40 - 1:33:10 - Conversation about epilepsy, what it is, its impact, and some advice on how to manage this
1.33.11 - 1:36:17 - Outro