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Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!

Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!

To learn more about Angela, Matt, and the Autistic Culture Podcast visit AutisticCulturePodcast.com

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The Autistic Culture Podcast Angela Lauria

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!

Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!

To learn more about Angela, Matt, and the Autistic Culture Podcast visit AutisticCulturePodcast.com

www.autisticculturepodcast.com

    George Lucas is Autistic (Episode 74)

    George Lucas is Autistic (Episode 74)

    Matt Lowry, LPP, gives his co-host, Dr. Angela Lauria, a special infodump about one of his idols: George Lucas.
    * Lucas’s early life, including his relationship with his Vader (“father”).
    * The vital role that PDA played in Lucas’s first film company. Plus, the many Autistic traits that helped Lucas to think outside of the box and change the way that movies are made.
    * Movie casting and socializing with the actors - Autistic style!
    * George Lucas’s personal journey from scrappy Rebel to lord of Empire.
    “George Lucas is a socially awkward man who does not like eye contact or small talk, loves talking about: cars, things that move fast, technology, film editing. He loves mythology. He loves sociology. He loves how myth can make the world a better place. He's got a lot of social justice sensibilities. Yeah, I really think that there is a lot of evidence that says that he firmly belongs enshrined in the Autistica Hall of Fame.”
    “He had a lot of new outside-of-the-box ideas. He did not follow traditional patterns. He was very, very much a learner.”
    “Carrie Fisher said he had two directions: ‘Faster and more intense!’”
    “But he said, ‘F**k the systems. F**k all the systems. I am out of the systems. I'm going to do the things the way that I want to do them.’ Because PDA.”
    “She is and will always be an icon. She is one with The Force. May she rebel in peace.”
    “He changed the way that movies were made.”

    Are you a George Lucas fan? Or, are you a passionate filmmaker? Tell us about it in the comments!
    George Lucas' father issues unfold on film
    Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
    Book: Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars by Gary Jenkins
    Video (45 min): Icons Unearthed: Star Wars Empire of Dreams
    Video (64 min): From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
    Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
    Episode 04: Industrial Light & Magic is Autistic
    Episode 37: Motion Pictures are Autistic
    Episode 63: Elsa is Autistic
    Episode 64: Taylor Swift is Autistic
    Ready for a paradigm shift that empowers Autistics? Help spread the news!

    Check us out on Instagram
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    Matt’s social media: Autistic Connections Facebook Group
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    Angela’s social media: Twitter and TikTok
    TACP’s Autism-affirming TeePublic merch shop


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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Freddie Mercury is Autistic (Episode 73)

    Freddie Mercury is Autistic (Episode 73)

    Dr. Angela Lauria shares Freddie Mercury’s amazing Autistic traits with her co-host, Matt Lowry, LPP.
    * How Freddie Mercury’s hypermobility and possible EDS resulted in an extraordinary vocal range.
    * Mercury’s many special interests including stamp collecting, cats, and Japanese art.
    * The important role that echolalia, echopraxia, and advanced pattern-matching played in Queen’s success.
    * The spectrum of Mercury’s sexuality and gender expression.
    * Quotes and lyrics that describe the experience of masking.
    * The classic, unfair reputation Autistics know all too well, and the pain of being chronically misunderstood.
    * Executive functioning differences and sensory sensitivity hacks.
    “Members of the band said if he could be anywhere, he'd want to be home with his cats.”
    “We're four misfits who don't belong together playing for other misfits.”
    “I do think playing with commitment, monogamy, gender, sexuality—that is definitely a big part of our culture.”
    “Boxes are largely conforming, and because we don't conform to a lot of society, it's hard for us to conform to those boxes.”

    Do you relate to Freddie Mercury? Which Queen song do you listen to on repeat?
    Ready for a paradigm shift that empowers Autistics? Help spread the news!

    Freddie Mercury & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
    Multiple supernumerary teeth (MSNT) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS): a case report
    The strangest, craziest, and most disgusting animated film is back with its own series.
    Peter Freestone Talks... About Freddie & His Cats
    The Development Of The ‘Epic’ Queen Sound
    How Queen's I Want to Break Free Video Explores Queerness in Relation to Queer Theory
    Freddie and the Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Freddie Mercury "I'm Not The Leader Of The Band"
    Under Pressure
    Episode 46: Cats are Autistic
    Episode 53: Meat Body Maintenance
    Episode 14: Autistic Medical Needs
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Is Bluey Autistic? (Episode 72)

    Is Bluey Autistic? (Episode 72)

    Matt Lowry, LPP and Dr. Angela Lauria chat about the popular Australian cartoon, Bluey.
    * Bluey’s short episodes and silly imaginary play is accessible for children, but the deeper themes and storylines are geared towards adults, making it fun and enriching for the whole family.
    * Research on Bluey and the ‘tism that resulted in a mix of evidence and, “A really interesting left turn!”
    * Why some Autistics love Waldorf schools…and why some (including Angela) cannot stand them.
    “I have been brought to many a tear by Bluey and her family.”
    “Oh, no! We almost got through an episode without intense controversy!”
    “I know it must be pattern matching, but it feels like I'm psychic.”
    “I found it fantastic. Fantastically horrifying.”

    Are you autistic and a little psychic? Give us chills—share a psychic experience in the comments!
    The 7 Core Principles of Waldorf Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    Bluey is Great, but…
    An Overview of Waldorf Schools
    Montessori vs. Waldorf schools
    ‘Bluey’ Creator Joe Brumm On Making A TV Juggernaut, Not Compromising His Vision & The Heeler Family’s Future
    Episode 22: Trains are Autistic
    Episode 68: Dinosaur is Autistic
    Episode 32: Animation is Autistic
    Ready for a paradigm shift that empowers Autistics? Help spread the news!

    TACP on Instagram
    Help others find this podcast by giving us a review on Apple podcasts and Spotify
    Get your Autistic Culture gear in our merch shop
    Matt Lowry, LPP and his Autistic Connections Facebook Group
    AngelaLauria.com and her book coaching website Difference Press
    Angela’s social media: Twitter and TikTok


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Belly Dancing is Autistic (Episode 71)

    Belly Dancing is Autistic (Episode 71)

    Autistic hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria and Matt Lowry, LPP, interview belly dancer and entrepreneur, Arielle Juliette.
    * Sensory sensitivities and accommodations in dance.
    * Cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation.
    * Running a business on “glitter and non-denominational Jesus.”
    * Echopraxia and Arielle’s other super hero powers.
    * Perks of (mild) hypermobility.
    * “Meat sack” and “brain sack” communication
    * How to teach dance using bottom up processing.
    * Angela and Arielle’s body liberation journeys.
    * Arielle’s autistic self-identification and realization he’s trans!
    * How internet trolls and haters helped Arielle tap into deeper self-acceptance and self-love.
    * Group stimming and regulation, plus body resonance fun!
    * Stimming as the genesis of great art.
    “What if stimming is the core cultural attribute of some of our highest art?”
    “So I actually, I recommend people have haters. I recommend you have haters, and that you say to them, ‘F**k you. I'm doing me.’”
    “It's about coming together for our weekly regulatory time. You know, we have this set time that we will always come and regulate together. We're going to shimmy, we're going to stim, we're going to sing, we're going to sweat. It's going to be awesome.”

    Arielle Juliette (he/him and she/her) is the owner of Dance Life, where he cultivates an atmosphere that celebrates, supports, and embraces the autistic dance experience. Arielle has had a special interest in dance since 2004, and shares her love of Egyptian dance in particular through silly songs and easy to understand anecdotes, while leaving behind the allistic conformity of right/left, counts, and perfection. He also creates viral social media videos, where he strives to bring his unmasked, joyful, autistic self and the idea that all bodies (and neurotypes!) are worthy.
    Have you group stimmed in some way? What was your experience?
    Madison Dance Life Facebook
    Madison Dance Life Instagram
    Madison Dance Life TikTok
    www.madisondancelife.com
    The differences between Egyptian and Turkish dance
    A video of Arielle’s that includes all her favorite books, podcasts and resources for fighting fat oppression 
    Master instructors who have online classes: 
    * Zara Abdelrahman
    * Mohamed Shahin
    * Suhaila Salimpour

    Episode 17: Wednesday is Autistic?
    Episode 29: Questlove is Autistic
    Episode 64: Taylor Swift is Autistic
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    Like and follow us on Instagram
    Listen on Apple podcasts and Spotify
    Matt Lowry, LPP
    Autistic Connections Facebook Group
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rick and Morty is Autistic (Episode 70)

    Rick and Morty is Autistic (Episode 70)

    Matt Lowry, LPP shares a deep dive on Rick and Morty with co-host, Dr. Angela Lauria.
    * How getting fired from Community propelled Autistic writer, Dan Harmon, to create Rick and Morty.
    * The Back to the Future origins of Rick and Morty, plus fanbase shenanigans.
    * Processing childhood trauma through writing.
    * The complex relationship many autistics have with talk therapy.
    * Why Autistic culture is filled with meta references.
    * Autistic personal growth journeys and learning to embrace your true self.
    * Emotional-support people and why we need them.
    “We are going to be talking about what it might be one of the finest and most Autistic cartoons of all time that has possibly the most toxic fan base of all time.”
    “So at the time, he was a massive, massive, massive, self-loathing alcoholic. And that came out in the character of Rick.”
    “It's a very big show of growth—especially from an autistic perspective—and how we learn to more effectively relate to the people around us, how we find ourselves, how we state our own needs.”

    Are you a Rick & Morty fan? What do you relate to most?
    Rick and Morty on Wikipedia
    Episode 57: Community is Autistic
    Episode 60: Mythic Quest is Autistic
    Episode 64: Taylor Swift is Autistic
    Episode 68: Kink is Autistic
    Ready for a paradigm shift that empowers Autistics? Help spread the news!

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    • 45 min
    Kink is Autistic (Episode 69)

    Kink is Autistic (Episode 69)

    #ActuallyAutistic podcast hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria and Matt Lowry, LPP, interview Dr. Kade Sharp to discuss the ways that kink fits into Autistic culture.
    * What is kink (spoiler: it’s not necessarily sexual!), what are some common kinks, and are “kinksters” dangerous or ill?
    * The fundamental flaws in most research methods that explore Autistic sexuality.
    * Stereotypes and misunderstandings that most people have about the kink community.
    * Kinky spreadsheets and other Autistic systems of communicating comfort and consent.
    * Honoring sensory differences, connecting through SPINs, defined expectations, and other ways that the kink community appeals to so many autistics.
    * How kink helps neurodivergent folks to feel empowered—regardless of whether or not they identify as a kinkster.
    * Tips on exploring kink with partners, finding kinky folks to explore with, and getting kinky solo.
    “I think I just found out I'm kinky.”“I think a lot of your listeners are going to find that out today.”
    “Someone asked if he was my biological son. And I said, ‘why, yes.’ And somebody was like, ‘well, how did you make him?’ And…It occurred to me while answering this question: there is a big myth out there that we do not have the sex.”
    “Kink is not just sexual. So, in fact, a good proportion of the folks that responded to my eligibility survey for the study were on the aro/ace spectrum.”
    “There's so much unspoken stuff and so much resentment because allistic partners say, ‘You should know what I want,’ or that kind of nonsense. But when you explicitly negotiate and have spreadsheets regarding everything from eye contact to butt stuff, it makes relationships run a lot smoother.”

    Are you an Autistic kinkster? How does kink help empower you? Share in the comments! #AutisticCultureCatch
    Guest Bio:
    Dr. Kade Sharp (he/they) is an autistic transgender Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker practicing in Richland, Washington, at Spectrum Counseling, his private practice, where he sees therapy clients, supervises clinicians working toward licensure, and provides case consultation for colleagues. Kade is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a certified Child Mental Health Specialist. He has his PhD in Clinical Sexology through Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. Kade has a clinical focus on working with autistic and trans folks of all ages, especially those with anxiety challenges. His volunteer work over the past ten years has been with local LGBTQ+ youth centers, Pride organizations, the Diversity Equity Inclusion team at a local school district, and serving on the WA state chapter of the Association for Play Therapy board.  
    Resources:
    * A Kink in the Spectrum (Kade's dissertation)
    * Dr. Erin Findley (dissertation chair)
    * Dr. Amy Pearson (dissertation committee member)
    * Dr. Nick Walker (dissertation committee member) 
    * Neurokink (Kade's side project & mailing list)
    * Mojoupgrade (digital kink checklist)
    * Bex Talks Sex's Super Powered Yes/No/Maybe List (printable)
    * Thrive (an annual virtual BDSM & Mental Health Conference)
    * Dr. Faith G Harper's publications on sex, kink, & mental health
    * Dr. Emily Nagoski's publication on sex
    * Dr. Katie Munday's research and advocacy
    * FetLife (kink social media)
    * Hiki (autistic dating app)
    Similar episodes:
    * Episode 35: Sex is Autistic
    * Episode 56: Lessons in Chemistry is Autistic
    * Episode 59: Pregnancy is Autistic
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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“No-one changed the world by being like everyone else”

It was Christine Greenwald from RECASTING RELIGIOUS TRAUMA - or possibly a commenter - who pointed me to AUTISTIC CULTURE on Substack and then I was able to discover the visual side on YouTube.

I discovered the AUTISTIC CULTURE podcast in March 2023 - the first two podcasts I viewed were PEANUTS IS AUTISTIC and APPLE IS AUTISTIC.

My favourite podcast is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IS AUTISTIC because it goes in deep about this fairy tale and what it means to Autistic Culture wherever and whenever you meet it.

Other podcasts which were interesting to me were Washington [the city]; Emily Dickinson; Ghostbusters [Dan Ackroyd in particular]; Pokemon and My Little Pony.

You might understand better a special interest of yours or someone else’s; or maybe develop a new special interest.

I had known and loved Lauria’s work previously from the Linguistic Autistic twitter space.

One of the moments I felt I connected was when Laurie and Lowry talked about Temple Grandin as “the Columbus of the autism community” in THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLE.

Other podcasts of that sort include LABELS and AUTISTIC MEDICAL NEEDS which are podcasts 13 and 14 respectively.

Some podcasts which involve popular culture are SESAME STREET - which I would recommend to children; teenagers; adults and nearly everybody. The show notes from that episode are really wide-ranging and provoke a lot of curiosity and conversation.

Others specifically involve characters like Sherlock Holmes and real people/celebrities/activists like Greta Thunberg.

Also most weeks Lowry and Laurie ask each other “What is your favourite thing about being Autistic”?

There was a long hiatus from the beginning of the northern summer to just after Labor Day 2023 which led to some changes in the way AUTISTIC CULTURE was being done and organised.

One of those changes is a minisode which explores some missing links in an intriguing way. All I will say for now is that it involves Star Wars; Sherlock and Doctor Who - and Dungeons and Dragons!

The Listening Ben ,

Love this lens!

Seems so obvious in retrospect. Thanks for doing this :)

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