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Ambitious about Autism podcast

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. This is our monthly podcast which was created by the Youth Patrons at AAA and covers the topics that they are interested in from their unique perspective.

Episode 1 ft David Mitchell

In our first ever podcast, Youth Patron Jasmine Bigden talks to David Mitchell about his new book 'Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8', an illuminating account of Naoki Higashida's experience with non-verbal autism. 

Episode 2 ft Winstons Wish

Youth Ambassador Megan Hughes speaks to Clare from Winstons Wish, the UK's childhood bereavement charity, about coping with bereavement, supporting young people with SEND needs, and tips on maintaining a routine after a death in the family.
This episode is dedicated to Sue Hughes.

Episode 3 ft Young Minds

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Youth Patron Sam chats to Youth Activists Maisy, Annie and Alex from Young Minds about autism, mental health and campaigning for change.

Episode 4 ft Anti-Bulling Alliance

Youth Patron Kerrie speaks to Martha Evans from the Anti-Bullying Alliance about Anti-Bullying Week which runs from 13 - 17 November and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. 

Episode 5: An Interview with Anne Hegerty

Seasoned podcast hosts and Youth Patrons Sam and Jasmine interview Anne Hegerty aka The Governess on ITV's The Chase about her career, quizzing and her autism diagnosis.

Episode 6: Autism Representation in the media

Jules Robertson from Holby City, Rosie King from Pablo and Lucy from Access All Areas discuss autism representation in Film, Television and Theatre.

Episode 7: LGBT History Month 

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Ashley Stephen spoke to LGBT and autism activist Dan Barrett and performer and poet Harry Giles about making LGBTQIA+ spaces more accessible for people with autism and the importance of activism and celebrating your differences.

Episode 8: Autism Women and Girls

outh Patrons Bella and Natasha spoke to Dr Felicity Sedgewick about women on the autism spectrum, looking at why girls and young women are less likely to be diagnosed than their male counterparts, the impact of misdiagnosis on mental health and whether girls are better at masking their autistic traits and if so, why? This episode marks our celebration of women and girls this World Autism Awareness Month.

Episode 9: Writing about Autism

In this podcast we cover writing about autism. Youth Patron Jack Welch spoke to authors Laura James and Jessie Hewitson about the process behind writing their books Odd Girl Out and Autism: How to raise a happy autistic child.

Episode 10: An Interview with the Aspie World

In this podcast, Jasmine spoke to Daniel M Jones aka The Aspie World about his award winning YouTube channel dedicated to Autism awareness and understanding.

Episode 11: Autism in Museums

Jack Welch sat down with Claire Madge, the creator of the Autism in Museums blog, Mark Barrett, member of the MA Transformers initiative, and Becki Morris who works for the Disability Co-operative Network for Museums, to discuss the importance of making museums accessible and autism friendly.

Episode 13: Interview with actor Lizzy Clark 

Cat from Ambitious about Autism chats to actor Lizzy Clark about her starring role in BBC Radio 4 drama Indigo Children. Lizzy plays the character of Ros, who has autism. 

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