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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


     

  • 00:26

    Positively Autistic - Jeanette's Autism Show

    in Lifestyle

    This is Jeanette Purkis's radio show where she and invited guests talk about all things Autism. Jeanette is an Autistic author, advocate and public speaker and is passionate about empowering people on the Autism spectrum to live fulfilled and positive lives. Jeanette is a keen advocate for inclusion and appropriate support for people with Autism spectrum conditions in such areas as employment, education, parenting and access to health services.


    This week, Jeanette will be speaking with Professor Sylvia Rodger about her work with the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (or ‘Autism CRC’ to its friends). The CRC is doing some great work around improving the lives for Autistic people and their / our families and places a strong emphasis on inclusion of Autistic perspectives and experience in its work. 


    Sylvia Rodger is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years’ experience working in clinical practice and higher educational settings. She was head of occupational therapy at The University of Queensland from 2001-2012. In 2013 she became Director of Research and Education at the (Autism CRC), where she oversees the research strategy for the CRC and the educational programs to capacity build PhD scholars, researchers and adults on the spectrum in peer research. She is passionate about enabling the next generation of researchers and ensuring the voices of those on the spectrum are heard in relation to research direction, engagement, and its operationalisation. She is a mother of two adult children and enjoys yoga, pilates, walking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

  • 02:02

    Positively Autistic: Sarah's Autism Chat

    in Lifestyle

    Hello and welcome to this week's show at the unusual time and day of Friday. This week, we'll be having Jeanette Purkis on to talk all about her work as an author and writer on the Autistic Spectrum. As well as this, we'll be taking a look at autism in society and looking at things such as mental health, education and the support that's given for those with autism.


    We will also be joined by our team member and radio show host Marilyn Ann Francis. She will be joining in on the discussion as she has lots of experience on autism. We will also be hearing some poetry from Marilyn.


    You can join us in the chat room to join in on the discussion and you can also call in to speak with us on 1-619-393-2848 or call in via the Skype link. We look forward to hearing from you.


    To find out more about Positively Autistic, visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/PositivelyAutistic

  • 00:58

    Positively Autistic - Jeanette's Autism Show

    in Lifestyle

    This is Jeanette Purkis's radio show where she and invited guests talk about all things Autism. Jeanette is an Autistic author, advocate and public speaker and is passionate about empowering people on the Autism spectrum to live fulfilled and positive lives.This week, Jeanette will be talking to Leith McMurray about a few things, including Leith;s work as co-founder of Aspiehelp Christchurch, considerations around internet dating and things that you really, really shouldn’t say to an Aspie and why.


    Leith McMurray is 68  and was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome 10 years ago. Prior to that she had what she describes as ‘a fairly choppy passage through life, with the typical  high abilities and apparent great academic potential twinned with social difficulties and  the kind of personality which seemed to irritate many people’. Leith struggled with others’ lack of understanding of her sensory issues, especially sound. Leith’s diagnosis led to her meeting other diagnosed Aspies who had 'a much better understanding than I of what AS is all about'.


    In 2010, Leith and fellow advocate Jan Broooking decided to start a peer-support organisation to fill a perceived giant gap in services for Aspies. The organisation, Aspiehelp Christchurch, has been going five years and is becoming more established, with its own office and two part-time staff. Apsiehelp provides information, counselling, advocacy and advice concerning education and employment, plus a wide range of social work services. Leith and Jan see the needs of Aspies particularly as practical issues with sensible solutions which so often are overlooked or avoided by other organisations. 

  • 00:58

    Positively Autistic - Jeanette's Autism Show

    in Lifestyle

    This is Jeanette Purkis's radio show where she and invited guests talk about all things Autism. Jeanette is an Autistic author, advocate and public speaker and is passionate about empowering people on the Autism spectrum to live fulfilled and positive lives. Jeanette is a keen advocate for inclusion and appropriate support for people with Autism spectrum conditions in such areas as employment, education, parenting and access to health services.


    This week’s show will focus on something quite disturbing but which certainly needs to be discussed. Jeanette will be talking with Emma Dalmayne about some of the sorts of abusive so-called ‘treatments’ which are around claiming to cure Autism. Autistic children have been - and are still being - subjected to abuse in the name of a ‘fix’ for their Autism. Emma Dalmayne is a home educating mother to her two youngest children. Emma has Aspergers and children on the spectrum. She is an autism rights campaigner and writer.


     


     

  • 01:00

    Positively Autistic - Jeanette's Autism Show

    in Lifestyle

    This is Jeanette Purkis's radio show where she and invited guests talk about all things Autism. Jeanette is an Autistic author, advocate and public speaker and is passionate about empowering people on the Autism spectrum to live fulfilled and positive lives. Jeanette is a keen advocate for inclusion and appropriate support for people with Autism spectrum conditions in such areas as employment, education, parenting and access to health services.


    This week Jeanette will be speaking with Malcolm Mayfield. Malcolm is a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, a qualified presenter and trainer, and co-author and Australian distributor of the AAPC book “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment.”


    Malcolm received a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome at the age of 37. This event led him to deeply analyse how his Aspergers had shaped his life in comparison to others on the autism spectrum. He identified key strategies that could be used to assist adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome into and within the workforce. Malcolm’s consultancy, Autism STAR Pty Ltd was created to deliver those strategies.

  • 01:00

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

    in Lifestyle

    Today is going to be a sharing extravaganza! Lately, I have come across several very interesting articles from how to get your teen to wake up in the morning to dating ideas for parents. And yes, parents of Autistic children need breaks! 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.