Portfolio of Published Articles

For people with Autism like Nick McAllister, one of the biggest challenges is finding a job

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-27/the-challenge-of-employment-for-people-with-autism/11337682

Netflix show Atypical and Rain Man don’t tell the real story of living with Autism

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-21/netflix-atypical-rain-man-fail-to-tell-real-stories-of-autism/11867308

Masking when you have Autism can help you blend in, but you might not be doing yourself any favours

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-20/masking-when-you-have-autism-is-more-common-than-you-think—an/12999102

Jobseekers with a disability are often asked to declare it, but more firms are moving away from just ‘ticking the box’

Model and activist Angel Dixon says there are two invisible barriers that prevent her and other disabled people from entering a clothing store — and they’re both essential to the shopping experience.

“If your store isn’t physically accessible or your staff feel uncomfortable around a person with a disability, then we’re not coming in,” she says.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-15/ticking-the-box-the-dilema-faced-by-employees-with-a-disability/13137402?fbclid=IwAR3PUV5PFiwLmLCBTOwXdVIFQtrhkpGCp0BmPr1okK2MV2813Ubz-jeuq-Q

Starting a successful small business as someone living with a disability

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-27/starting-a-successful-business-while-living-with-a-disability/100017116

Jodie met Paul online, and it was love at first swipe, but it wasn’t until months later she told him — just before they met in person — she used a wheelchair.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-08/dating-with-a-disability-on-tinder/100120818

Travel with a disability shouldn’t be that hard, and there’s billions on offer to businesses who prioritise accessibility

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-29/travel-with-a-disability-is-no-mean-feat-in-australia/100157320

Acquiring a physical disability after birth presents unique challenges but new opportunities

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-13/acquiring-a-physical-disability-later-in-life/100171668

Reality TV shows Big Brother, The Voice and The Amazing Race helping to ‘crush’ stigma around disability

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-21/australian-reality-tv-helping-to-crush-stigma-around-disability/100226466

Disability advocates say businesses need to lose ‘fear of the unknown’ to find untapped potential

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-19/disability-advocates-urge-greater-inclusion-to-foster-potential/100300426

Women living with disability can face extra hurdles breaking free of abusers, survivor warns.

Nicole Lee was 24 when she met her now ex-husband, an amputee, through disability sports. 

[Content warning: This story deals with sexual abuse and domestic violence.]

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-23/domestic-violence-and-disability-challenges-to-getting-out/100359908

OPINION PIECE

This is what it felt like to be lost in Australia’s COVID-19 response as a person with Autism

There is one important community of people who have been unable to comprehend the information delivered during the pandemic, writes WA disability affairs reporter Nick McAllister.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-29/how-covid-messaging-felt-for-the-autistic-community/100432504

Dizzy Bility is a drag queen from Sydney who wears hearing aids and is legally blind.

Instead of letting that hold her back, she has made it part of her glamorous act and hopes to change perceptions along the way.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-27/disability-in-the-arts-drag-queen-dizzy-bility/100639656

Christmas. It’s a time that strikes fear into many an Autistic person as we are bombarded and overwhelmed with sensory information.

I was a guest writer for the http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com/ website

As Autistic people, we take in so much sensory information through our eyes, ears, muscles, joints, and skin, and we use those sensations – we integrate them, modulate them, analyse them, and interpret them — for immediate and appropriate everyday functioning.

Looking after a child with Down Syndrome: What life is like for Australia’s 2.7 million carers

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-19/wa-nickmcallister-what-life-is-like-for-carers-in-australia/100626810