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Statement and Introduction from the Editor-in-chief, Patricia George-Zwicker

Throughout my professional journey, I have been continually presented with opportunities to embrace change. While it is a well-known stereotype that Autistic folx may and do struggle with change, I must admit that I have found it to be a mixed experience - at times challenging, yet also rewarding.

Upon realizing the need to redefine how Autistics Aloud engages with the public, the transition was met with a mixture of excitement but also felt a bit daunting. This change entailed the creation of a new brand identity, a complete revamp of all the visual elements, written elements and a substantial update to our website – all spearheaded by myself. 

I determined that I would like to introduce an interview series and settled on a format of 5 questions. Collaborating with a friend, we landed on a name that challenges traditional perceptions of conversation, emphasizing the diverse methods of communication preferred by many Autistic individuals, including myself.

This innovative series will be presented in digital text and photo formats. We will offer options for downloading a pdf, a plain text version, or being able to view it on a webpage browser.  "Conversation" will serve mainly as a platform for underrepresented Autistic individuals to share their unique experiences and the possibility to connect with others both within and outside of their communities.

I am thrilled to debut the inaugural interview with Autistic artist Madisyn Snow. I am confident that Madisyn's incredible artwork will leave a lasting impression, and I am honoured to be a part of this important work.

Nothing About Us Without Us!

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