As an older, late-diagnosed Autistic + ADHD female living in the Great Lakes region of the United States, I have always found solace and expression through art. Being a visual artist and photographer, I have discovered the beauty and complexity of the world through my lens and brushstrokes.
One of my passions is capturing the intricate details of insects. The vibrant colors, delicate wings, and unique patterns fascinate me. Through my photography, I aim to shed light on the often misunderstood world of insects and their crucial role in our ecosystems.
But my artistic journey goes beyond capturing the beauty of nature. As an Autistic individual, I have also found art to be a powerful medium for self-expression and communication. Art allows me to convey my thoughts, emotions, and experiences in ways that words often fail to capture.
For me, art is not just a hobby; it is a lifeline. It provides me with a sense of purpose and a way to navigate the complexities of my neurodivergent mind. Through my creations, I strive to challenge societal norms and stereotypes surrounding Autism.
As an advocate for Autism research conducted by Autistic researchers, I am passionate about supporting and amplifying the voices of fellow Autistic individuals in the scientific community. It is crucial to prioritize the lived experiences and expertise of Autistic researchers when studying Autism, as they bring a unique perspective and understanding to the field.
In recent years, there has been a shift towards more inclusive and participatory research practices, where Autistic individuals are actively involved in the research process. This approach not only improves the quality and relevance of the research but also ensures that the findings and recommendations are truly reflective of the needs and experiences of the Autism community.
Gardening is another interest that brings me joy and serves as a source of inspiration for my art. Tending to plants and observing their growth reminds me of the beauty of nature’s cycles and the interconnectedness of all living things. It is a calming and grounding activity that allows me to find peace amidst the chaos of everyday life.
Through my art, I hope to challenge the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding Autism, while also celebrating the unique perspectives and talents of neurodivergent individuals. Art has the power to bridge gaps, foster understanding, and ignite conversations. It is my hope that my creations can contribute to a more inclusive and accepting society.