Donna Williams is a multi-talented person on the spectrum who has a long career in consultancy, public speaking, writing and also singing and songwriting. She has in many ways uncovered the different aspects of Autism – “Fruit Salads” and she has re-evaluated what is “Autism”? How does it present itself from person to person? What are the “mechanics”, “meta-syndromes”, autoimmune issues, co-conditions, personality profiles and environmental issues. What are differences between an Autie “Fruit Salad” and an Aspie “Fruit Salad”. How does this person communicate? How do they “see” and “hear” and “perceive” the world?
FRUIT SALAD ANALOGY
Donna’s person centred and holistic lateral approach has is her “Fruit Salad Analogy” created in 1995 and revised in 2005 this gives a multi-layered view of the different Autism presentations.
Donna’s Book have been published in multiple languages all over the world and many of them are award winners in particular her first two autobiographies Nobody Nowhere and Somebody Somewhere.
- Nobody Nowhere
- Somebody Somewhere
- Like Colour/Color To The Blind
- Everyday Heaven
- Not Just Anything
- Weirdos Like Me
- Tree Of Life
- The Gadoodleborger
- Autism: An Inside Out Approach
- Autism & Sensing
- Exposure Anxiety: The Invisible Cage
- Exposure Anxiety: The Handbook
- The Jumbled Jigsaw
Donna does tremendously thought-provoking artwork which has been held at various exhibitions and used for the cover of her books as well as “communicating” through her work what Autism can “feel” like.
Donna has currently released three albums her voice is melodic with a mix of beats, spoken word and atmosphere it takes you on a trip. 🙂
- Nobody Nowhere
- Broken Biscuit with Donna Williams & The Aspinauts
I can honesty that my books, my speeches and Autism work would be a different animal if I hadn’t listened to Donna, read her books researched and talked her about he diversity of Autism “Fruit Salads” – recently we conversed over email with regards to our different/but similar “Fruit Salads” I like that she is out to break stereotypes, empower people on the spectrum so that they can be happy because that I believe (happiness) is what is needed. I like that she has a Personhood first approach and not seeing people on the spectrum as a set of traits of symptoms. 🙂
Well I say Thank You Donna! 🙂 From a personal and professional level. 🙂
The Beacon of Hope
For Donna Williams
The empathy that comes from Within
Has allowed people to smile and Grin
To follow their dreams with strength and Gusto
To give purpose a reason to say “yes” or “no”
For all the worries of being “Slow”
You have said “let’s try something different” and up off we Go!
So my Autism is APART of Me
and if you look a little Closer
You will see ALL of me, hey! you’re a good Noticer
Thank you Helping
Thank you for Enabling
and giving abilities to Cope
Thank you for being a Beacon of Hope
Paul Isaacs 2014