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 20 – Dealing with Isolation

Hello listeners, apologies for the lengthy delay but this one has been in the works for a long time now and we feel that we have a very special episode here for you.

Former guests Rebecca Cavender, Ted Rogers – and one of our own listeners Maegan Snell – talk about their experiences dealing with social isolation as autistic adults. We would like to thank the guests for having the confidence and willingness to talk about what is usually a difficult subject and for putting out their time to contribute to this episode.

For those of you who prefer to listen to podcasts via streaming we are happy to announce that we are now on Spotify as well as all the usual locations to listen to the podcast.

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.

For more information about Rebecca and her services, visit RebeccaCavender.com
(Scholarships available for the autistic community!)

All the places where Ted and his work is available:

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.

Episode 18 – Rebecca Cavender

Hello listeners, we have a brand new episode of Audible Autism for you.

Sarah interviews Rebecca Cavender. Rebecca is an intuitive writer, guide, and advocate from the Pacific Northwest, USA. She helps others remember they belong so they can catalyse and honour their true self-expression.

Rebecca does this through professional writing services (like copywriting and writing circles), coaching, and sharing her prose, poetry, and advocacy.

You can discover more about her here: www.rebeccacavender.com
(scholarships available for the autistic community)


Episode 17 – Cassandra Reyhani

In this episode, Odai interviews friend and activist Cassandra Reyhani, to talk about mental health problems in a persons family history and looking back in your family tree for autistic traits.

As Cassandra is the 2nd guest on the podcast from the United States, there is a dialogue between the two hosts in regards to the differences in the methodology,assumptions,stereotypes that an autistic person has to deal on a day to day basis on both sides of the Atlantic.

Its not all serious though listeners theres also a brief discussion on tips and advice on limits and how to best enjoy gigs and outdoor events as autistic people.

Come listen in for what is a fascinating, moving and, at points, intense episode.

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.