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Michelle Sutton
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Michelle Sutton is an Australian writer and advocate, passionate about promoting acceptance of neurodiversity.

Along with her almost 20 years experience parenting children with extra support needs, Michelle has a background in education and psychology.

Michelle lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW, with her husband and their six children. Their family of eight includes two people diagnosed Bipolar and two people diagnosed Autistic (one with significant sensory sensitivities).

Michelle does not see Autism or Bipolar as disorders needing to be fixed or cured, but as variations in the wide spectrum that is normal human neurology. She believes that everyone is entitled to equal opportunities for success and the way to achieve this is to find out what kind of support is needed for each kind of normal in her household and to provide it.

Michelle’s writing can be found in numerous places online. A good place to start is at her site "Michelle Sutton" where you will find links to all her writing, the resources she has developed and the projects she is involved in.

Entries by Michelle Sutton

My Autistic Children Are Not a Burden

(29) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 1:18 AM

I have two Autistic children.

When I say that, most people assume the response I desire from them is something along the lines of "I'm so sorry, that must be really hard".

I can understand why they think that is the expected response, because if you look at...

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In Our House, We Stim

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been parenting for a long time, and tried a lot of different things.

When I first knew it was autism causing our...

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'Sesame Street' Partners With Autism Speaks: Why Are Autistic People Upset?

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:26 PM

One of the most important things I have learned as a parent to autistic children is the value of listening to autistic adults. As a person who is not autistic, listening to autistic voices is essential as they can give me an insight into my children's lived experience that I...

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Autism, Stigma and Murder

(19) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:19 PM

April. Autism Awareness Month. And another murder. Sixteen-year-old autistic boy Robert Robinson was murdered by his mother, who then killed herself. News reports say she couldn't cope with her son's allegedly violent behavior and the lack of support she had in caring for him. So they sympathize with...

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I will not 'Light it up Blue'

(32) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:37 AM

This post originally appeared on Amazing Adventures Parenting Autistic Children

It must be April, because my news feed is littered with calls for people to "Light it up blue for Autism Awareness".

To be honest, it makes me cringe.

There are heaps of "Autism Awareness" going...

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