An Open Letter to Museums and Galleries on Inclusion

An Open Letter to Museums and Galleries on Inclusion

Almost a decade ago, I stood in front of Salvator Mundi at the National Gallery for about two minutes. In the dimly lit, small room, I started to feel that lump in my throat, that quivering around my mouth, that collaboration between soul and synapses which means the landscape that is my visage would soon be irrigated. I am not a religious person, nor am I an Old Masters aficionada. Don’t get me wrong; I’m enthralled by Holbein and Rembrandt paintings, but more so by modern and contemporary artworks. This visceral reaction was unexpected. (more…)

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Adding Insult to Injury

Adding Insult to Injury

When it comes to our fellow human beings’ lives, the impact of our actions can be damaging, even if we had the best intentions. So it is true with sensory experiences and sensory processing disorder and parents, carers, teachers, therapists, and even the medical profession trying to help when, in fact, they are harming. I read with great interest Autistic Science Person’s blog post earlier this week on “Autistic Sensory Pain and the Medical Consequences”, in which the gaslighting of autistic individual’s sensory sensitivities can lead to poor physical health and adverse medical outcomes. (more…)

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Welcome to WhatDo!

Welcome to WhatDo!

Dearest WhatDo Customer,

Launch day is upon us, and on this day, we give a tremendous amount of love and gratitude to all neurodivergent individuals whose paths we’ve crossed – friends we’ve met at my eight-year-old autistic son Lumen’s school, through research we participated in, in occupational and speech and language therapy classes, in sessions developed to educate parents, at various cultural institutions, at designated autistic visitor events, through social media, at conferences, during our Flute Theatre sessions, and most importantly, through spending time with autistic individuals while developing WhatDo. (more…)

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