Melissa Murphy: The importance of listening to Autistic voices

AUsome Training places Autistic voices at the centre of our training and event. We recently caught up with Melissa Murphy.

Many of you may know Melissa Murphy as blogger ‘Autistic Zebra.’ 

Born to an Irish mother and a Turkish father, Melissa Murphy has always felt like an outsider. 

The true extent of her differences became apparent to her in her thirties, when she realised she was Autistic. 

Her passion for reading and musing about Autism led her to start a blog autisticzebra and to connect with other Autistic people in Ireland and worldwide. 

Melissa has been blogging since 2016 and her work concentrates on subjects such as Ehlers–Danlos Syndromes, Elevating Autistic Voices, Self Care and more.

At AUsome Conference on the 15th of November 2020 Melissa gave an overview of books by Autistic Authors.

She will be speaking again at our Parents Conference on the 21st of March on the subject  “From one parent to another: Useful Resources.”

Melissa is also involved in our ‘don’t come to us’ campaign which highlights the differences between AUsome Training and Autistic Training.

Here’s what she has to say,

“Don’t listen to me if you already know everything there is to know about parenting an autistic child. 

Don’t listen to me if you aren’t overwhelmed by all the conflicting information out there.

Don’t listen to me if you aren’t struggling with what to do and who to trust. 

Don’t listen to me if you don’t want to learn insights from autistic people who have been there, done that. 

Don’t listen to me if you don’t want to benefit from my years of reading books, blogs and websites, and my opinions on what makes a resource useful. 

Don’t listen to me if you don’t want advice on choosing Facebook support groups to join and pages to follow. 

Don’t listen to me if you don’t want to know which Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow.”

Finally she adds, “don’t listen to me if you don’t want a list of recommended resources from an autistic mother of autistic children.”

Our ‘don’t come to us’ campaign highlights the necessity of Autistic voices and the importance of Autistic-led Training provided by AUsome as opposed to doing Autism Training by professionals which often exclude Autistic viewpoints.

Support our work which gives a platform to Autistic voices in our Autistic Training and connect with us today at [email protected]

Presenter and Blogger: Melissa Murphy

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