Autistic Culture
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*BONUS* Episode: When Angela Met Matt...

*BONUS* Episode: When Angela Met Matt...

The interview that started it all! Listen to Matt's interview on 'Two Sides of the Spectrum'--the original catalyst for The Autistic Culture Podcast!
Autistic Podcast Bonus Episode: When Angela Met Matt...Autism Podcast | Matt's interview on Two Sides of the Spectrum--the original catalyst for The Autistic Culture Podcast!  Listen in as Matt and Meg discus autism diagnosis, autistic centered therapy, The Legend of Autistica, and how to view people on the autism spectrum as valid and whole humans--not disordered neurotypicals.
A: It was the pouring rain. I was crying. I was laughing. I was talking to my podcast.

In this episode of The Autistic Culture Podcast:

One of our own podcast hosts, Matt Lowry, LPP, was interviewed on Meg Ferrell’s podcast, “Two Sides of the Spectrum,” about strengths-based autism diagnoses. Listen in to find out why this interview a) made Angela cry, and b) became the catalyst for TACP!

Matt draws from his personal and professional experience working with Autistic children, teens, and adults to criticize how the traditional autism diagnosis process focuses on deficits as compared to neurotypical norms. He contrasts this with his strengths-based diagnoses, which focuses on natural variations in autistic people.

He advocates for diagnosticians to learn about autism as a cultural difference, not a disorder. They should be knowledgeable about diverse presentations in women, trans people, and racial minorities. Autism awareness is inherently flawed and harmful without this understanding.

Meg: And what you're describing is neurotypical evaluators who haven't done their work to understand Autism.
Matt: It's essentially a cultural difference.
Meg: Yeah.
Matt: Because if a white evaluator approaches a person of color, and tries to talk about their deficits in not being white, that's horrifying. And to say, ‘oh, you don't communicate in the same way that I do. You don't have the same cultural touchstones that I do’—that is ridiculously, horrifyingly racist—and it’s the same approach with Autism.

Matt outlines his model of Autistic-centered therapy which focuses on interpersonal skills, trauma, advocacy, and taking care of our “meat bodies,” with sleep and other forms of self-care. This form of therapy for Autistic individuals centers the mental health and wellbeing of the Autistic person, rather than focusing on compliance with neuronormative standards.

He strongly cautions against ABA for autism as destructive and points out that it is aimed at making autistic people indistinguishable from peers at the expense of the autistic individual’s mental and emotional well-being.

Matt reads an early version of the allegorical legend, "The Legend of Autistica," which tells the story of an Autistic warrior freeing people from the oppressive demands of neurotypical society.

The key takeaway is that autism should be approached as a cultural difference requiring mutual understanding, not as a disorder to be fixed. Diagnosticians and therapists should affirm autistic strengths.

Amazing Meg was culturally respectful in this interview. Did you catch some of the green flags? Tell us about it in the comments and use #AutisticCultureCatch to share your answers on social media and connect with other listeners!

Show notes and resources:

Original Two Sides of the Spectrum episode on Meg’s Learn, Play, Thrive website.

More on Autistic Centered Therapy.

Matt’s strengths-based diagnostic criteria.

Related episodes…Learn about the opposite of a strengths-based autism diagnosis: Episode #36 Bad Diagnosis
Listen to the updated version of our Autistic origin story (now, complete with dragons!): Episode #25 The Legend of Autistica

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**TACP is an autism podcast that recognizes that ABA for autism is harmful to autistic mental health. We reject the use of ABA therapy and pathologizing language like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated functioning labels as well as the harmful organization Autism Speaks. To learn more, please listen to: Episode 20: Sesame Street is Autistic and Episode 24: The Trouble with Temple Grandin.

Autistic Culture
The Autistic Culture Podcast
Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!
Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!
To learn more about Angela, Matt, and the Autistic Culture Podcast visit