It is essential for Autism NT member stories to be heard by the wider community as they can guide and inspire others. Hearing your personal accounts will assist new members and others to develop a better understanding of what it is like to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), either as a person diagnosed with ASD, as a carer, or as a friend. Help us make a positive difference for our members by educating the community on ASD and advocating for much needed services by sharing your experiences.
Therapeutic story telling can provide a powerful tool for Autism NT members to explore how they feel regarding their ASD journey including aspects of personal growth or challenges. Members will be offered a space to share their stories in a safe environment with an interviewer that has experience living and working with persons with ASD.
For individuals and families that are newly diagnosed, these stories can be motivational, exploratory and empowering. They will gain a better understanding of experiences that they might encounter, what resources are available and importantly knowledge that there are others walking on their path.
With your permission, stories will be recorded by our interviewers and collated into a booklet or published online. Alternatively, you can send us a creative expression of what ASD means to you. We would love to represent the diversity of our members. We will always seek your consent to use your story. Your identity can be kept completely confidential if you prefer
The best person to tell us your story is you, so why not share it with us? It will be a meaningful contribution that will be valued, cherished and treated with respect.
Autism NT would like to acknowledge Northern Territory Government Community Benefits Fund that has enabled us to run this project.
Who Can Contribute to The Project?
We would love to represent the diversity of our membership. Any member of Autism NT can contribute to the project including (but not limited to):
- Persons diagnosed with ASD (adults and children)
- Health care providers
- Work colleagues
How You Can Contribute
There are numerous ways that you can assist us with this project:
- Interview: Your ASD story can be recorded by our interviewer. Our interviewer can meet with you in person or online. There will be a prepared question bank but contributors are free to organically lead their stories in the direction they wish it to go. The interviewer will then transcribe and edit the conversation for publishing but it will not be released until you have approved the final draft. Alternatively, you can send us a pre-recorded story on whatever aspect you feel is important.
- Creative Expression: If you would prefer not to be interviewed, we also encourage members to send us a creative expression of what ASD means to them. Creative expressions could be in the form of: photographs, written accounts, poems, art work, song, recording etc. All creative work will need to reflect the theme of this project ‘My ASD Story’.
- We will always seek your consent to use your story or creative works.
Can I Contribute Anonymously?
Yes, you can if you prefer. We will need for you to sign a release to allow us to share your story or creative work but your identity will never be published without permission.
How Will Autism NT Use My Story?
Autism NT may use your contributions in a number of ways:
- To create a booklet that will be a resource for Autism NT and its members.
- As an advocacy tool for Autism NT when it engages with Government, health and community organisations.
- Facebook posts on the Autism NT Facebook page.
- As an online resource for members on the Autism NT website.
Your permission will always be sought if Autism NT would like to use your contribution for purposes that are not listed here.
How will you choose which stories or creative works will be published?
As Autsm NT has a limited budget for publishing, unfortunately it will not be possible to publish each submission that it receives. Contributions will be considered based on:
- The need to represent the diversity of members
- Relevance to the project
- The number of submissions received
- Please note that Autism NT will not accept any contributions that have: offensive or violent language, hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs, sexually explicit content material, attacks on specific groups or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual.
How Can I Register My Interest and Share My Story?
To receive further information, register your interest for an interview or to submit a creative work, please complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to contact Cherie at the Autism NT office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arnie's story - Single dad of 12yo with ASD
- Cassie's story - 30yo with ASD
- Darren's story - Father of 2 with ASD
- Jackson's story - 13yo with ASD
- Jacquie's story - Mother of 8yo with ASD
- Jodi's story - Mother of 2 with ASD
- Mark's story - Father of 1 with ASD
- Nathan's story - 36yo with ASD
- Sue's story - mother of 2 with ASD