What is Self-Care & My Top 4 Self-Care Tips

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Self-care is an essential tool to develop in everyday life as it is critical to maintaining good mental and physical health. But what is self-care, and how do you do it? Self-care is all about putting yourself and your needs first. It’s about knowing what serves you best and implementing that into your daily life. … Read more

An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

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by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip. HSc. Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy. Being pinnacle life skills that drive their success in education, employment, independence and within society, with the right supports, tools and strategies, they can develop high levels of self-determination, providing a firm sense of self-confidence. When … Read more

Autism, Neurodiversity and Employment: Working Together for Positive Futures by Barb Cook, M.Aut.

Autistic people are confronted with an array of barriers in many situations throughout their life. These situations centralise around what general society expects of all people, a one size fits all model, without the distinct consideration of disability, difference and inclusion. With the added individual challenges of effective communication skills, lack of self-advocacy and self-determination … Read more


Formally identified on the autism spectrum in 2009 at the age of 40, really did give that statement ‘life begins at 40’ a whole lot more depth and meaning. For me it was literally a whole new beginning of setting my life on a path of self-discovery, self-advocacy and personal empowerment. I am editor and … Read more