Autistic women in our communities
Showcasing our contributions, uniqueness and diverse talents of our autistic women members
“I randomly doodle when I’m bored. I start with a pencil sketch and scan it to a computer and then colour. Sometimes I start at the computer without a sketch. I use photoshop. I’m usually inspired by my thoughts/feelings and use colours that represent how I feel or what I’m trying to portray. I like drawing because it distracts me from my depression for a few hours. Sometimes I get frustrated because it didn’t turn out how I wanted. I like drawing fan art of steven universe and my little pony the most”
Monica is 31 and from Victoria. She has a passion for drawing and makes videos on YouTube describing her experiences of depression, ADHD, and ASD. She give tips on how to help your loved ones when they experience certain difficulties. Monica’s YouTube name is Monimoo Failadult
YouTube: Monimoo Failadult
T-Shirt Art: http://www.redbubble.com/people/necrissenoob
“The love of Food came about when I was in year 8 (first year of high school for Queenslanders) and it came around the time of My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef. It also came around the time when Subject Selection came and I made a decision to do Home Economics for year 9. The following years, was Hospitality (during school and TAFE). I discovered more and that the love affair grew strong. So that’s when I decided to make things more for family and friends, pursue a career in Commercial Cookery. For a long time also I wanted be a Pastry Chef. But that’s another story…”
“The love of Photography and appreciation came from when I did it at school for two years (year eleven and twelve). It started out as a bludger subject, hangout with friends etc. The love of my Photography when I thought was a bludger subject, was basic, and not much work into it. Shortly halfway through year 11, I had a bit of a reality awakening. I went to a friend of my Mum’s wedding and used a family member’s camera, and started clicking away. “Wow!” I exclaimed, ” I really love this!” Shortly after, I brought my own DSLR Canon Camera and started to take amazing photos from Nature (flowers) to City Landscapes, Sunsets, to name a few. When I was graduating from high school, I entered a photo competition, and by surprise, my photo of a leaf with water droplets and a flower appeared on the front cover post card of my Principal’s Christmas Card! From then on, I love to Photograph nearly everything and anything to food, recent Engagement Party in 2016, and 2 weddings in 2016! Photography is something I love as it takes me into a different world and I find it, ever so relaxing when I am feeling tense.”
Chloe is an upcoming Chef from Brisbane who is keen to be employed by any perspective employer. Her passions are food and photography which she has combined through her website Chloe’s Cookery.
Chloe is 20 and completed school in 2014. She completed a Certificate 2 course in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) in 2014 and has Certificates in RSA and RSG that were completed in 2014 also too; Chloe is an Accredited Barista that was completed in 2016.
Given the chance Chloe can show her prowess in cooking, her reliability as a keen employee. Chloe is a hard worker and is able to work as a Team Member and is quick to learn new things up and able to bring new and exciting innovative ideas to the table.
Chloe is work ready NOW for any potential employer!
“My passion is Autism advocacy. I spent a long time after I was diagnosed feeling uncomfortable with the Autism ‘label’ but that turned around after my autobiography was published in 2006. These days I live and breathe Autism advocacy. In addition to my paid job, I spend around 40 hours on an average week writing, speaking, facilitating events, representing on reference groups and advisory councils and mentoring Autistic women and teens.”
“People ask how I manage all that work and I just say ‘because it isn’t work.”
Presentation on Autism and Resilience for TEDx Canberra
Jeanette Purkis is an autistic author, public speaker and autism advocate who also has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She has worked full-time in the Australian Public Service since 2007 and has a Masters degree in Visual Arts. She is the author of three books on elements of autism – Finding a Different kInd of Normal: an autobiography, The Wonderful World of Work: an activity book on employment for Autistic young people and The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum, coauthored with Dr Emma Goodall and Dr Jane Nugent. Jeanette hosts an internet radio show. Jeanette has presented at TEDxCanberra 2013, at many autism events and conferences, including alongside Temple Grandin in 2015. Jeanette has been facilitating a support group for women on the autism spectrum in Canberra since 2011. Jeanette was the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year and a finalist in the 2017 ACT Woman of he Year awards.