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  • 01:24

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Welcome to Positively Autistic: Sarah’s Autism Chat presented by hosts Sarah Scrimshaw and Joe Westlake. We will be live at the usual time of 6:30pm UK time, 1:30 EST and 10:30am PST.


    This week we will be joined by two very special guests. We will be talking to Joanne Lara, Founder of Autism Movement Therapy in California. We will be asking Joanne all about the recent event she organised, Temple Grandin & Friends at the Club Nokia Centre in LA. We will also be joined by Michael Tolleson. Michael is on the Autism Spectrum and is an incredibly talented savant artist. We will be talking with Michael and asking him about Joanne’s event in which he attended and was a part of live on stage creating an acrylic on canvas masterpiece in just fifteen minutes!


    We cannot wait for this week’s show – it’s going to be very exciting.


    We would love to hear from you, so please join us in the chat room to post your comments, join in and ask questions. As always, you can call in on 1-619-393-2848, or via the Skype link to ask questions.


    You can find out more about Positively Autistic via our website www.positivelyautistic.com or via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic


    We can’t wait to hear from you!


    Sarah & Joe

  • Positively Autistic - Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Welcome to this week's episode of Sarah's Autism Chat.


     


     


     


    Sarah will be speakign with Jeanette Purkis, author, Autims advocate and public speaker. Sarah might be speakign with Penny Robinson  - academic, Autism advocate and founder member of the I CAN Network - as well but this is still to be confirmed.      


    Either way it should be a great conversation.


     


     


     

  • 01:27

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Positively Autistic: Sarah’s Autism Chat. This week, we will be live on air at the slightly later time of 9p UK time. We have two very special guests on this week.


    We will be talking to Penny Robinson, who is an Assistant Lecturer at Monash University in Australia, doing a mixture of research and teaching. Penny also volunteers for the ‘I CAN Network,’ and is also one of the Young Adults group leaders for Aspergers Victoria, Australia. Penny was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at the age of 14.5 in, in Year 9, in 1997. This July, it’ll be 18 years since Penny’s diagnoses. On the show, Penny will be telling us all about the work she does in the autism community. You can find out more about Penny on her website http://sphpm.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/researcher-profile-penny-robinson.html


    Excitingly, we are also looking forward to talking to one of Positively Autistic’s own radio show hosts, Jeanette Purkis. Jeanette is also on the spectrum herself and has a professional connection with Penny. We will be talking to Jeanette all about the topic of moving home, and the stress this can implicate to those on the spectrum.


    Don’t forget, as always, you can join us in the chat room to join in on the discussion, call in to ask questions on 1-619-393-2848 or call in via the Skype link.


    You can find out more about Positively Autistic via our website www.positivelyautistic.com or via our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic


    We can’t wait to hear from you!


    Sarah & Joe

  • Positively Autistic - Jeanette's Autism Show

    in Lifestyle

    Jeanette's Autism Show is a place for discussions around all things Autism  - advcoacy, identity, relationshiops, work, study, gender, pets, sensory things, passions and interests and more. Jeanette and her invited guests have a conversation about the guest's interests and expertise. Jeanette is an author, artist, mental health and Autism advocate, public speaker, risk manager, owner of Whimsy Manor and its excessive art and human mum to Mr Kitty. The show is auspiced through the good people at advocacy organsation Positively Autistic. 


    This week's show is prerecorded so you cannot call in. If you wish to contact Jeanette she is on Facebook - 'Jeanette Purkis' and Twitter '@jeanettepurkis.


    This week, Jeanette is speaking with Anita Lesko and her fiance Abraham Nielson about love, marriage and Autism. 


    Anita Lesko got diagnosed at age 50 with Asperger’s.  She’s been working full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for the past 26 years.  She is an author, speaker, blogger, Autism Advocate, and soon to be married to her autistic fiancé, Abraham Nielsen.  Her motto:  Keep thinking Positive! 


    Abraham Nielsen got diagnosed with autism at age two.  He works full time as an AutoCAD Draftsman for a survey company.  He is a speaker, Autism Advocate, loves to play Chess,  and is working on his first book together with his Autistic Fiance, Anita Lesko.  His motto:  Keep thinking Positive!

  • 01:05

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Sarah’s Autism Chat presented to you by Sarah Scrimshaw and Joe Westlake. We will be live at 9pm BST, 4pm EST and 1pm PST. It’s going to be a great show!


    We will be talking to James Charles who is the author of the book ‘Becoming Unique’. We will be hearing from James all about how he determined that he was on the Autism Spectrum and what inspired him to write his book on his life and diagnoses.


    As well as this, we’ll be talking to Colin Brennan and his dad, all about his upcoming trip to meet Temple Grandin in Chicago and their fundraising target!


    As always, you can join in live by calling in on 1-619-393-2848 or via the Skype link to ask questions, or drop your messages in the chat room.


    You can find out more about Positively Autistic via our website www.positivelyautistic.com or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic

  • Positively Dee

    in Social Networking

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  • 01:04

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Welcome to this week's show. We haven't been on air with Sarah's Autism Chat for quite some time, so we're looking forward to getting back on the airwaves!


    Sarah will be updating you all on what has been going on in the autism community as well as how the "Wear Ribbons" event at Positively Autistic went, as we have not updated everyone on the final amount we made. We will also be talking to radio show host Jeanette Purkis all about her recent award 'Inspiration Award for Individual Achievement (Adult) at the 2015 Aspect Awards. As well as this, we'll be hearing from our brand new radio show host, Michele Chigas Hillman who recently attended an optometry conference in Las Vegas in relation to autism and eyesight vision that Michele campaigns for, so she will be talking about this.


    As always, you can join us in the chat room, call in on 1-619-393-2848 or call in via the Skype link.


    For more information on Positively Autistic, you can visit our website on www.positivelyautistic.com or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic


    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 01:10

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Join us this week as we speak to Emma Flint and Tom Pittwood from Brain in Hand, providing assistive technology for people on the Autism Spectrum. Emma and Tom will be talking about their "Minecraft Marathon" which takes place every year on World Autism Awareness Day at the University of Exeter to raise funds for Positively Autistic and a number of other national autism charities.


    We will be live on air from 6:30pm BST, 1:30pm EST and 10:30am PST. As always, you can join us in the chat room, call in to join in on the discussion on 1-619-393-2848, or you can call in via the Skype link.


    You can find out more about Positively Autistic via our website www.positivelyautistic.com or via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic

  • Positively Autistic: Autism, God's Bright Kids--Back to School!

    in Lifestyle

    Today's show will be about back to school ideas. Many have already started school, but like Dana's family, some have not. You will find out about practical ideas that's helpful for both the public school student and homeschooling student, plus ideas on how to make homeschooling different and fun and exciting! And how to help your Autistic child through it while keeping your sanity!


    Dana is the owner of AngelArts, a Creative Arts Agency and Publishing House. Seven years ago, she discovered that her son and husband both have Aspergers. It's opened up a whole new world for her and her family. Yes, there are incredible challenges, but she chooses to see how God has blessed her family through it.
    Her son created a painting that became an inspiration for her Autism Awareness product line, Autism: God's Bright Kids. She also is publishing a book called "Angels in the Midst: Rising Above Autism and Aspergers," a collection of stories, poetry, videos, and artwork about how God uses ordinary people in the challenge of living with Autism and how He works in the midst of it. She is looking for submissions, sponsors, and nonprofits to give a portion of the revenue to.

  • 00:51

    Positively Autistic: Autism, God's Bright Kids--Sharing Extravaganza Part 2

    in Lifestyle

    Today is going to be a sharing extravaganza part two! I am going to continue sharing some very helpful, encouraging and practical ideas for those dealing with the challenge of Autism. Come and listen and of course call in if you have an inspiring story to share with us!


    Dana is the owner of AngelArts, a Creative Arts Agency and Publishing House. Seven years ago, she discovered that her son and husband both have Aspergers. It's opened up a whole new world for her and her family. Yes, there are incredible challenges, but she chooses to see how God has blessed her family through it.



    Her son created a painting that became an inspiration for her Autism Awareness product line, Autism: God's Bright Kids. She also is publishing a book called "Angels in the Midst: Rising Above Autism and Aspergers," a collection of stories, poetry, videos, and artwork about how God uses ordinary people in the challenge of living with Autism and how He works in the midst of it. She is looking for submissions, sponsors, and nonprofits to give a portion of the revenue to.

  • 00:53

    David Merkatz, Wrongly Charged

    in Psychology

    Until 2013, David Merkatz made his living as a locksmith in Coconut Creek, FL. Life, he thought, was pretty good. While there were some trademark issues with his business, he was making a living and enjoying his life. That all changed August of 2013, when police arrested David Merkatz and charged him and two of his fellow locksmiths, Peter Lomagistro and Joshua Levy, with a host of crimes ranging from money laundering to petty theft.


    Read about David's wrongful arrest!


    That’s when David Merkatz learned that those soothing lessons you memorize in high school civics class – that the United States protects the rights of the accused, that you’re innocent until proven guilty in a criminal trial, that the innocent have nothing to fear – really aren’t true. He was plunged into a nightmare criminal trial after a wrongful arrest, and it was only thanks to his attorneys and his own dogged persistence that he and his fellow locksmiths came out all right.

    They were all right – but they were not unscathed. Even though they weren’t found guilty by a jury of their peers, they still had to pay all bond costs, legal fees, and suffer through the agony of waiting to see how their case would play out. This experience is what prompted David Merkatz to write Wrongly Charged, to show other sufferers that they aren’t alone and to take a stand for change in the American legal system.


     

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