Earlier this week I made this series of six videos, covering four focus areas for advocacy:
They are my four focus areas for advocacy, which doesn’t mean that they are the priority areas which everyone else should have.
I made the videos in response to a request from a professional in the AAC industry, to provide some “autistic insight” for their staff training — hence deadline-driven rush. I’m not an AAC expert.
The videos deal with some of the things I typically address in workshops, conferences and training events, and on social media. I provide a short overview of each topic with a few zoomed-in examples. In the actual workshops (on health particularly), I often add in topics like camouflaging and suicide risk, and sex+gender+sexuality, but I prefer other autistic co-presenters to cover those topics. In the communication section, I then typically also include material provided by non-speakers. I also often talk about friendship and building community.
Each video is an unscripted and uncut first take. I may revise and re-take them at some point when our studio is rebuilt. I apologise for the quality of sound, and definitely also for not pausing often enough. Right now I don’t intend to caption these — I’ll leave that for the studio versions.
PART 1 – Introduction
PART 2 – Paradigm
PART 3 – Health
PART 4 – Communication
PART 5 – CRPD
PART 6 – Conclusion
If you have some suggestions for improvement, please send me a message.