Good advice, when you need it
Fri, 21 May 2021
Pictured: Keagan Vaskess, Nicola Bowman and Emma Hoy in the A_tistic production, Alexithymia; set design by Stuart Brown; lighting design by Peter Amesbury; photography by Pippa Samaya.
In this episode Anthea Williams chats with two social justice activists with scads of experience and plenty to share. Tom Middleditch (below right) is the Artistic Director of A_tistic, a team of multidisciplinary neurodiverse artists, consultants and educators who work out of Melbourne, Australia. They’ve developed a unique style of Spectrum Theatre to bring autistic lives, insights and experiences to the stage. A writer/director/performer, Tom has played key roles in A_tistic’s consulting, workshops, relaxed performance adaptation and theatrical productions which offer practical knowledge to broaden perspectives about life on the spectrum.
Matthew Field (above left) from The Attitude Foundation has a long history of working within the Community Media sector, most recently as CEO of Melbourne’s Community TV Station, C31 and Secretary of the Australian Community Television Alliance. Matt is passionate about the power of media to increase social cohesion through authentic portrayals of diversity. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Swinburne University.
The goal of the The Attitude Foundation is to change Australian society by challenging three common misconceptions: that people with disability are only objects of inspiration, pity or tragedy; that a diagnosis or impairment is a barrier to participation in society; that all impairments have obvious physical characteristics when in fact, the majority of impairments are invisible.
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