Episode 24 – Black History Month 2020

Hello  listeners, as this is October, the team thought it was important to put out an episode in honour of Black History Month.
On this episode you will hear a discussion between Odai, William Vanderpuye and Alex Mason on the black community and autism, including interacting with the police, difficulties in getting a diagnosis and how so often black autistic people slip through the cracks.
We hope you find this episode interesting and enlightening on a part of the autistic community that is little represented and rarely gets a platform to be heard.
William Vanderpuye is an Autism activist and board member of Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM), we here on the team would like to thank William for his participation in this discussion.
If you would like to be on an episode of Audible Autism, please fill out our form here, and we’d love to chat with you.

End of Season Announcement

To everyone who has ever heard an episode of Audible Autism – hi!

It has been quite a journey for the podcast. We’ve now produced just over 20 episodes of content, from how to organise oneself to being an autistic dancer, from a documentary on the impact of music therapy on autistic children to a multi-guest episode on dealing with social isolation.

Our production process has improved dramatically over the last two years. For the first few episodes, Odai and Sarah would edit the episodes themselves in Audacity, with mixed results. We then got a sound editor, Jason, who professionalised us substantially. Jason had to resign very suddenly last summer for personal reasons, and we put out a desperate call to get our remaining episodes edited and out the door, and a wonderful Citizen, Kenny, stepped up and has been filling in for the remainder of the season. Our deepest thanks to him.

We had another episode left but as Christmas has now come and gone, we are going to push that back to the next set of episodes and conclude with twenty episodes so that we can properly prepare for our next release date. For the last two years, we have been using a Just In Time approach that saw us trying to get out a new episode every two weeks, a schedule that regularly didn’t work out if a guest dropped out, changed interview date, the content of the episode was harder to develop than we had anticipated, personal circumstances intervened, etc.

We’re therefore now going to try to move to a batching model, where we will be trying to plan all of our episodes in advance in the first half of this year with a view to recording them in the summer, and then releasing them on time in the autumn/fall.

This will also give us the time to finish and promote our half-written Patreon. The running costs of Audible Autism are very reasonable, but take up dozens of hours of unpaid labour from a team of people. We are also very conscious that audio content is inaccessible to a lot of people, particularly autistic people, and we really want to be able to provide transcripts for every episode from now on and, in time, for our entire archive. This, however, would cost roughly five times what each episode costs now, and our supporting body, the Autistic Empire, doesn’t have the financial wherewithal to make that happen as it stands. That is our current priority as the next stage of development for the podcast, but it will need YOU to help out when the moment comes. We’ll hope you’ll step up too.

We’re therefore working to a current timeframe that by the second half of 2020, we will be able to get a bunch of new episodes of interesting questions and interesting facts out regularly and on time, and with sufficient financial support to be able to make that content accessible as a transcript as well. Fingers crossed!

If there is a topic you would like us to cover in the new series, please comment below or email us at team@audibleautism.com.

If you would like to be a guest on the Audible Autism podcast, please fill in our Guest Questionnaire here and someone will get back to you in due course. https://goo.gl/forms/JcXPCUNRELX46xPs1

See you then!

Sarah and Odai

Episode 19 – Accidentally Autistic

Hello listeners,

This episode of Audible Autism will be different from previous ones in that it’s not hosted by either Sarah or Odai but Citizen of the Autistic Empire Nicky Watkinson and her partner-in-crime Angharad.

In this episode Nicky and Angharad discuss their YouTube show “Accidentally Autistic”, which is about autism and popular culture; they also talk about autism diagnostic criteria, stereotypes, and autistic friendships.


If you are interested in the other works they are involved in have a look at Autistic Sherlock in Elementary Tumblr: https://www.google.com/amp/s/autisticsherlockinelementary.tumblr.com/post/118736611949/cbs-elementarys-sherlock-autism-spectrum/amp

Accidentally Autistic on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzkh5rijaDYon-xfRHwODrgskJth_zYUD

Nicky (she / her): Nicky is an autistic writer and content creator based in London. https://twitter.com/NickyJWatkinson?s=09

Angharad (they / them): Angharad is an autistic creator and musician based in Cambridge / London / Swansea. https://twitter.com/angharad_esq?s=09

If you would like to be on an episode of Audible Autism, please fill out our form here, and we’d love to chat with you.