[61] S5, Ep6: Empowering labels, navigating relationships and advocating for neurodivergent and disabled people
Topics in this episode: advocacy, alternative education, autistic children, autistic parents, community, disability, family, friendships, homeschooling, is autism a disability, meltdowns, parenting, reasonable adjustments, relationships, school, single parent

Marie Ralph is an autistic, disabled single mum to two neurodivergent sons. She is 48 and was diagnosed five years ago. She lives in Newquay, Cornwall in the UK, where as well as being a full time carer, she is Director of Youth Art Connect and Cornwall Tourettes and Tic Disorder Group.

Marie has spent countless hours fighting for equality, promoting anti ableism in education and organisations, and provide training and support in all things neurodivergent. She strives to change perceptions of what neurodiversity is, and to show that hidden disabilities are no less disabling than more obvious physical ones.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Meltdowns, eye contact and difficulties navigating friendships and romantic relationships
➡ How working in care settings with autistic young people helped her realise she was autistic
➡ Her experience of advocating for her neurodivergent sons, and for other neurodivergent people in her community
➡ Attitudes towards disability, accessibility and accommodations

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes. I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.


Marie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-ralph-b82456a4/

Youth Art Connect website: https://youthartconnect.org/

Youth Art Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YouthArtConnect/

Cornwall tourette syndrome and tic disorder support group: https://www.facebook.com/Cornwall-Tourette-Syndrome-Support-Group-323546645067794/

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