Join writer Clem Bastow, autistic activist Dr Jac den Houting and Chrissy Flanagan, founder of Chaotic Social – a club for adults looking to make friends...
Neurodivergence: Diagnosis Normal
Level 2, 400 George Street
Access and Inclusion
Join writer Clem Bastow, autistic activist Dr Jac den Houting and Chrissy Flanagan, founder of Chaotic Social – a club for adults looking to make friends – as they discuss their experiences as neurodivergent people, from late in life diagnoses to encountering common misconceptions.
In the hilarious and heartbreaking Late Bloomer, Clem describes growing up feeling like she'd missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, relationships hard and the office even harder, but learning at age 36 that she has autism made everything click.
Proudly neurodivergent and queer, Jac is a research psychologist who is working to ensure autism research is conducted by and with those it is intended to serve. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University, they are an emerging leader in autism research.
And Chrissy (who you may recognise as the ‘Sausage Queen’ from a former life) founded Chaotic Social after realising she wasn’t alone in her struggle to make friends as an adult. Diagnosed in recent years with autism, ADHD and prosopagnosia, as well as recently embracing her queerness, Chrissy uses her TikTok talents to educate and share her life.
With charm and wit, the trio, with moderator Sana Qadar (host of ABC's All in the Mind), will tackle misconceptions - especially around women and gender-diverse people, who often struggle to be diagnosed as neurodivergent - and explore how diagnosis has helped them make sense of themselves and their pasts.
This event is part of Vivid Ideas' Human Nature series. Challenge the 'natural' ways of thinking, and explore the emerging new normals across sex, relationships, body politics, travel and more.