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Today’s Autistic Moment: A Podcast for Autistic Adults by An Autistic Adult

Today’s Autistic Moment: A Podcast for Autistic Adults by An Autistic Adult

By Philip King-Lowe
Today's Autistic Moment is always a free to listen to podcast that gives Autistic Adults access to important information, helps us learn about our barriers to discover the strengths and tools we already have to use for self-advocacy. Visit todaysautisticmoment.com to find the program script and transcripts for each episode, to visit the Patreon Page to support the work of the podcast, and the Autism Resource Links page. Today's Autistic Moment is a proud member of the National Podcast Association.
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Self-Care During Seasonal Depression
Please go to the Episode Index Page on todaysautisticmoment.com for the program script and the interview transcripts. Why should we talk about seasonal depression at the beginning of the summer and the 4th of July? Because the 4th of July can be one of the worst days for Autistics. A lot of Autistics are the opposite of the general population in that our seasonal depression is worse during the summer and better during the winter. Regardless of the season you experience the worst depression, Autistic Adults can benefit from planning some good self-care strategies. My guest Becca Lory Hector and I will share our insights about seasonal depression for Autistic Adults and what we can do for ourselves to get through our worst times of the year.
58:48
July 03, 2022
Intersection of LGBTQ, Disability and Autistic Pride
Go to the Episode index Page of todaysautisticmoment.com for the Program and Interview Transcripts.   Today’s Autistic Moment continues the celebration of Pride Month on this episode The Intersection of LGBTQIA+ Pride & Disability & Autistic Pride that will take a slightly different turn. I will be joined by Andrew Gurza who is a gay queer person with cerebral palsy, and an exceptional advocate for all disabled people through his own podcast Disability After Dark and social media presence on several platforms. Andrew and I will talk together about what is happening with disabled people who are LGBTQIA+, as well as Autistic people. Andrew is going to talk about what is happening with disabled people in general, while I will be talking about what is happening with Autistic people. Andrew will share a heart wrenching story with you all about an incident of abuse that he experienced from a professional caregiver. I am making a one-time exception for him with regards to his use of language as he tells this particular story. It is important that people hear what is truthfully happening to disabled people. The content may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised.
01:00:58
June 19, 2022
The Intersection of LGBTQ & Autistic Pride
Go to The Episode Index Page for the Program and Interview Transcript. It's June which means we are celebrating Pride for LGBTQIA+ people.  June 18th is Autistic Pride Day.   It is no accident that both Pride celebrations fall during the same month.   LGBTQIA+ Pride and Autistic Pride share an intersectional relationship as people who experience similar issues. Yenn Purkis, a Queer, Nonbinary and Autistic advocate and author from Australia will talk about the extraordinary intersection June is for LGBTQIA+ people and Autistic people.
01:07:00
June 05, 2022
Overcoming Internalized Ableism
Looking for the Program and Interview Transcripts?  Go to the Episode Index Page at todaysautisticmoment.com. There are many unavoidable consequences to being Autistic in an ableist society.  One of those consequences is internalized ableism.  Autistic Adults tend to doubt ourselves to the point that ableism takes over our own attitudes towards ourselves.  Eric Garcia the author of the book We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation returns to Today's Autistic Moment to talk about how Autistic Adults can overcome our internalized ableism.
55:53
May 22, 2022
Autistic Masking and Burnout
Looking for the Program and Interview Transcripts?  Go to Podcast Episodes One of the reasons many Autistics find it difficult to celebrate Autism Acceptance is because of having to mask our Autism because of a society that has not accepted us. What is masking? How does burnout happen? Listen to this exceptional conversation between Lyric and myself and get the answers with some tips about what you can do to live a healthier life.
55:07
May 08, 2022
Autism is Not A Curse
Program scripts and Interview Transcripts are available at this link. Ben Levin is the author of the book In The Hole. Ben’s novel is a story depicting a child’s experience with homelessness. Ben has been in love with stories ever since he was a little boy. Ben is also proud to be Autistic and wants to use his status as an author to be an example of how Autism is not a setback, but a gift. “Autism is Not A Curse” is one of Ben’s favorite sayings. Ben will share with us his personal story of accepting his Autism and how his writing is an important piece of self-acceptance.
52:56
April 17, 2022
We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
Program and Interview Transcripts can be found at the Episode Index Page for todaysautisticmoment.com. On this special edition episode on Autism Acceptance Day April 2, 2022, I talk with Eric Garcia who is the author of the book We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.  Eric is an outstanding journalist and author.  Eric talks with me about why Autism Acceptance is so important and that we need to encourage changing the negativity towards Autistic people as part of our advocacy.  
01:00:54
April 02, 2022
Autistic Post-Menopausal Women
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts are available on the Episode Index Page for Today's Autistic Moment's website.   Michele Newman joins Philip to talk about her experiences as an Autistic Woman.  Michele was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 54, after 35 years of psychiatric misdiagnosis and medications that were harmful.  Michele will share with us about the enormous challenges of being an Autistic Post-Menopausal Woman that includes communicating with doctors about how her brain has changed and how Autism affects her response to certain medications and other treatments.  Michele's story is powerful and will touch your heart.
01:08:59
March 20, 2022
Adult Autistic Women
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts are available at >>>> The Episode Index Page.  
01:06:23
March 06, 2022
Trauma: An Unavoidable Consequence
Social stigmas. Sensory processing disorder(s). Abusive relationships. Rejection. Unemployment. Ableism. All of these and many more than can be mentioned means that trauma is an unavoidable consequence for Autistic Adults. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is among the most common forms of trauma. Benjamin Christmass is 29 years old and lives in Queensland, Australia. Benjamin is a queer, neurodiverse, cardiac scientist. Benjamin was diagnosed as Autistic just over a year ago. Benjamin has studied and written about trauma as part of his Master's Degree thesis.
01:12:33
February 20, 2022
Eating Disorders for Autistic Adults
Program and Interview Transcripts can be found on the Episode Index Page.  According to researchers, Autistics are at a 4-9 to 22.9% higher risk of developing an eating disorder.  Sensitivity to food textures, digestive issues, and interoception play a significant role that impacts Autistic Adults experiencing eating disorders. Tas Kronby joins me to talk about what eating disorders can affect Autistics, the challenges with finding doctors who understand the dual diagnosis of Autism and an eating disorder, and what we can do to help others understand how eating impacts the lives of Autistics. 
01:03:16
February 06, 2022
Chronic Pain Management for Autistic Adults
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts can be found by clicking here. Erin Brandel Dykhuizen who is a licensed social worker who specializes in helping Autistics to deal with Chronic Pain Management.  Autistic people have very different responses to pain in large part due to our sensory processing disorders.  Some Autistic Adults may be hypo-sensitive to pain in that they do not know how much pain they are actually in.  Other Autistic Adults who are hypersensitive have pain that is so intense that managing day to day activities is almost impossible.  There are many Autistic Adults who live with chronic pain due to conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, physical injuries, and of course trauma. Erin will join me to talk about how Autistic Adults can manage their pain in ways that work for them.
01:01:54
January 23, 2022
The Medical and Social Models of Autism
Click on this link for the Program Script and Interview Transcripts for The Medical and Social Models of Autism.  In the medical model, Autism is a neurological developmental disorder. In order to receive disability benefits, support services and social supports, Autistics are known by a medical pathology. A pathology that makes us second class citizens. In the social model we have the movement for Neurodiversity. Autistics and other individuals with conditions like ADHD are capturing our diversity as Neurodivergents to work towards a society of equality and equity. Dr. Scott Frasard will talk with me about why the medical and social models are important, and how the Neurodiversity movement is helping Autistics reach for our full potential in life.
01:05:23
January 09, 2022
Autistic Adults and Internet Safety
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts can be found on the Episode Index Page of todaysautisticmoment.com.   There is no doubt about it, the internet is a lot of fun. Social media, chat rooms, texting, dating, and gaming can make social connections easier. However, the internet is full of predators who know more about us than we know about them. Tas Kronby will join me to give us some helpful advice about watching out for risky emails, chat or text contacts, sales schemes, and social media posting.  As this is episode 24 and the final show of 2021, please be sure to hear my tribute to everyone who helped out at the end of the show. 
01:07:52
December 19, 2021
Autistic Adults: Substance Abuse Recovery
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts are available at The Episode Index Page. David Gray-Hammond returns to talk about his journey of Substance Abuse Recovery.  
58:14
December 05, 2021
Autistic Adults: Substance Abuse Addiction
Tap or click for the Program Script and Interview Transcript. Substance abuse addiction is a dire problem for Autistics.  Autistics can be nine times more likely to become addicted to alcohol, prescription and recreational drugs than non-autistic people. David Gray-Hammond joins me to share his moving story about how addiction has affected his life as an Autistic Adult.  
55:13
November 21, 2021
Rounding Out 2021
A brief look at what the first season of Today’s Autistic Moment. The topics covered. Announcing the last three episodes of 2021. What’s coming up in 2022.
04:12
November 12, 2021
Autistic Adults: Preparing for the Sensory Unfriendly Holidays
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts are available at the Episode Index Page.  The biggest holidays of the year are only weeks away.  Everyone must be so excited for the holiday season to arrive right?  Actually, many Autistics dread the arrival of the end of the year holidays.  The combination of lights, food smells, crowded homes or halls with many people at one time, extra socialization can be a sensory nightmare for many Autistic Adults. Zephyr James returns to Today's Autistic Moment to talk about these sensory unfriendly holidays, with some helpful tips of how Autistic Adults can prepare for them.  Zephyr will also talk about what are some helpful ways to manage our sensory needs during the holiday season.
01:08:08
November 07, 2021
Autistic Adults: Managing Relationships with Other Autistics
Program Scripts and Interview Transcripts can be found by going the New Podcast Episodes page or the Episode Index page at the website for Today's Autistic Moment. The most important, and challenging quote to remember is "If you have met one Autistic Person, you have met one Autistic Person."  Autistic Adults are not immune from struggling with the diversity among other Autistic people.  George Williams joins me to talk about how Autistic Adults can manage our relationships with other Autistic individuals.
01:04:12
October 17, 2021
Autistic Adults: Coming Out as Autistic, Queer, Asexual and Nonbinary
Go to https://todaysautisticmoment.com/podcast-episodes/ein/ for the Program Script and Interview Transcript. Discovering that we are Autistic and of a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity, can be a coming out process.  As we begin October as National Coming Out Month for LGBTQIA+ people, it is only fair that we talk about coming out as Autistic too.  My very special guest Yenn Perkis joins me to talk about their life experience of coming out as Autistic, Asexual, Queer and Nonbinary.  Enjoy the show. 
55:49
October 03, 2021
Autistic Adults: Let’s Talk About Consent
Program scripts and Interview Transcripts are available at todaysautisticmoment.com.  My guest Leah Bauman-Smith and I will have a frank conversation about the matter of consent and sexuality, with very sensitive content that may be triggering and therefore not appropriate for all audiences.  Listener discretion is advised.  Consent is more than just saying yes or no to sexual activity.  Consent for many Autistic Adults applies to being asked if someone can shake their hand, give them a hug and having their decisions respected without the fear of coercion or exploitation. Autistic Adults regardless of their ability to verbalize have just as much right to give their consent as anyone else. Yet, too many Autistic Adults regardless of the level of their support needs have had their right to consent violated.  On the other hand, too many Autistic Adults unfortunately have a sex offender violation to their name, because of a lack of sex education and a healthy social environment to help them make better choices. Leah Bauman-Smith joins me for this very upfront discussion about consent for Autistic Adults.   
01:01:06
September 19, 2021
Autistic Adults: Dating, Romantic Relationships and Sexuality
My guest Leah Bauman-Smith and I have a very frank conversation about dating, romantic relationships and sexuality in this installment, with very sensitive content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.  Listener discretion is advised. There is a myth that all Autistic people are asexual and not interested in dating or having romantic relationships.  The truth is Autistic Adults really do want to have healthy relationships and sex life. Leah Bauman-Smith joins me to talk about how Autistic Adults can have health and safe relationships, and be sexually active in ways that meet their needs.  
01:02:58
September 05, 2021
Achievements of Today’s Autistic Moment
Hear the achievements of the first nine months of Today’s Autistic Moment.
01:57
September 03, 2021
Autistic Adults and Interdependence
Don't miss listening to my commentary about a recent article that appeared about Autistic Adults.  Zephyr James joins me to talk about Autistic Adults and Interdependence.  Interdependence is best understood as relying on each other for a sense of community belonging.  Zephyr is working with The Autism Society of Minnesota to begin helping Autistics seek and find interdependence through healthy relationships, building strong families, connected communities and independence and interdependence.  
58:39
August 22, 2021
Autistic Adults and Gaslighting
A Program Script and Interview Transcript for this show can be found on https://todaysautisticmoment.com/podcast-episodes/ein/. Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and abuse by which the abuser makes the individual being abused doubt their own reality.  Gaslighting occurs by lies and cover ups designed to suggest that the person experiencing the abuse has no understanding of themselves, who they are, what they need and how to manage relationships and their everyday lives.  Autistic Adults experience gaslighting with regards to their sensory processing, questioning whether they are Autistic at all, and spoken to as if they are incompetent at living their lives.  Lyric Holmans, the Neurodivergent Rebel joins Philip to talk about what gaslighting is, and how to self advocate to do some self healing and protect themselves. 
57:17
August 08, 2021
Autistic Adults: Media Portrayal or Betrayal.
Regardless of what group of people you are from that has a history of being “othered,” the media plays a powerful role in that it reflects what society looks like. The media is well known for getting everyone’s attention by whatever sensations they create. Autistic people are one group of people that are portrayed and betrayed by the media.  Nicola Whiting, an Autistic Adult and Amazon best-selling author from the United Kingdom joins me to talk about Autistic Adults: Media Portrayal or Betrayal?
58:04
July 18, 2021
Autistic Adults and Our Diverse Gender Identities
Today's Autistic Moment continues our celebration of Pride 2021 with my guest Enzi Tanner as we talk about Autistic Adults: Our Diverse Gender Identities.  Enzi Tanner is a recently diagnosed Autistic Adult, who is a trans man, black and Jewish.  Enzi joins me to talk about what being an individual who is part of many diverse communities.  
01:05:44
June 20, 2021
About Today’s Autistic Moment
Listen to why I am so excited and committed to producing and promote Today’s Autistic Moment.
01:28
June 09, 2021
Autistic Adults: Our Diverse Sexual Orientations
June is LGBTQIA+ month.  June 19th is Autistic Pride Day.  On this episode, I talk a little about my own experiences as an Autistic gay man in my introduction to the show.  Later in the show, I talk with Heidi, Luke and Benjamin about their experiences and stories as Autistic Adults of various sexual orientations and gender identities.  
01:05:52
June 06, 2021
Autistic Adults and Justice in Employment
Employment is one of the key issues that impact Autistic Adults. Far too many Autistic Adults face discrimination when applying for a job, getting interviewed and getting hired. If and when Autistic Adults do get hired, they meet so many obstacles that make remaining employed becomes impossible. Samuel J. Levine joins me to talk about what is so wrong and why employers fail to value the abilities of Autistic Adults.
01:14:42
May 23, 2021
Autistic Adults and Independent Living
Living independently gives Autistics a way to stay in their own homes and receive in home supports.  GT Independence gives Autistic Adults and others with varying disabilities the opportunity to be their own employers in deciding who they hire or terminate and gain some control over their care.  Dan Carmichael is an Autistic Adult who is also a parent of an Autistic son, and is the co-owner of GT Independence.  Dan is my guest to talk about the work GT Independence does and share his thoughts about being an Autistic business manager and what that journey has meant for him.
01:10:53
May 09, 2021
May Podcasts
Some great episodes coming in May 2021. Listen to this trailer.
02:13
April 30, 2021
Autistic Adults and Community Based Services
Many Autistic Adults need supportive service to help with day to day self-care.  During this episode, I will be talking with Sara Swan the Owner and Founder of Looking Forward Life Coaching.  Sara and I will talk together about how difficult obtaining such services is in Minnesota and elsewhere.  We will reveal the results of the survey through which Autistic Adults told us of their experiences with applying for supports and what they experienced with service providers.  
01:11:27
April 18, 2021
Autistic Adults and Autism Acceptance
April is Autism Acceptance Month. Ellie Wilson, the Executive Director at The Autism Society of Minnesota joins me to talk about the importance of Autism Acceptance.
01:06:37
April 04, 2021
Autistic Adults and Social Narratives
Autistic Adults have a lot of challenges with executive functioning, self-care management and dealing with the unexpected.  There is one tool that can be very helpful for Autistic Adults to manage their lives and that is social narratives.  Eric Ringgenberg the Director of Educational Programs at the Autism Society of Minnesota joins me to talk about what social narratives are and how Autistic Adults can use them.  
01:01:05
March 21, 2021
Autistic Adults: Our Own Brand, Make and Model
Each autistic adult is unique. Our individual neurology is why every autistic adult has abilities and challenges that differ from other autistic adults. The word for those differences is neurodiversity. My dear friend Robyn DeCourcy talks about the history of neurodiversity and how it brings a greater acceptance of the diversity among people with neurological differences.
01:10:07
March 07, 2021
Aging Autistic Adults: What We Needed Yesterday
Autistic adults age differently because of our unique neurology.  Our bodies and brains have challenges such as communicating our needs to others more challenging.  As we age, our needs for medical help as well as our daily self care increases.  However the information as to what to understand as we age, and how to communicate our needs to medical professionals is more difficult. Dr. Theresa Regan joins me to talk about Aging Autistic Adults: What We Needed Yesterday.  Thank you for listening to Today's Autistic Moment: A Podcast for Autistic Adults by An Autistic Adult.
52:13
February 21, 2021
Autistic Adults and Ableism
While great strides for people with disabilities have been made through the Americans with Disabilities Act, and research have brought great advances for autistic adults: there remains one common stigma: Ableism. Ableism often comes in the form of micro-aggression and/or very good intentions. Sue Swenson joins me to talk about ableism in terms of human rights and respect for the dignity of disabled individuals.  
01:02:59
February 07, 2021
Autistic Adults and COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed the world as we once knew it.  Autistic Adults have experienced routine changes that challenges our social support networks, therapy options and self-care more than they were before the pandemic.  On this episode of Today's Autistic Moment, Philip is joined by Olivia James from the Office for Communications and Marketing at the Autism Society of Minnesota to discuss how COVID-19 affects autistic adults.  Olivia offers great information, describes the barriers and strengths for autistic adults during this time, and gives crucial advice for self-advocacy.  Join us for this important conversational podcast.
51:02
January 24, 2021
Today’s Autistic Moment Introductory Show
Pilot: Introduction to Today's Autistic Moment.   Why a podcast for Autistic Adults?  During the pilot, Philip tells of why he is making the podcast, his goals, the topics and questions.  Hear the list of do's and don'ts for the podcast.  Hear more about who Philip is and why producing this podcast is so important to him.  Click to download and listen.  Enjoy the show
37:06
January 10, 2021