Episode 7

Learning About Autism with Michael Barton

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disorder that affects 1 in 54 children according to the CDC. The equates to 1.85% of the population.

So we sat down with Michael Barton a speaker on Autism, Asperger's and Neurodiversity. Michael was non-verbal until he was 3 years old and was diagnosed with Autism shortly after entering the regular school system. He is on the high functioning end of the spectrum and is focused on the positive aspects of Autism and giving people hope for the future.

We discussed:

  • Gaining Employment as an Autistic Person
  • Myths around autism
  • What was school like? 
  • Focusing on what people can’t do versus what happens when people’s needs are met.  
  • Postiive aspecets of being Autsitic
  • Special and Restrictive Interests
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian 
  • The benefits of making adjustments for people with autism
  • Stereotypes


Website: https://www.michaelbarton.org.uk/home

Twitter: @MichaelBarton22

Instagram: @themichaelbarton


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A Different Kettle of Fish - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00J2EA0VE?ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_GMo4DbDDRR6PP&tag=kp066-20&linkCode=kpe

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Have a Little Insight
Have a Little Insight with Jennie Leaver is a podcast about exploring topics that strive to deepen our human experience and our connection to ourselves and the people around us.

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Jennie Leaver

Jennie is a Designer with a 15-year background in hospitality. Passionate about making a difference in this world, she teamed up with Ryan in 2019 to create Have A Little Insight after the two met waiting tables at Milestones Bar and Grill.

“I want to contribute to the good in this world. There is enough bad news, negative slants on things and anger. I want to bring people a different perspective, where we strive to create understanding, compassion and kindness. Where we look for the good and how we are connected as opposed to operating from fear, judgement and separation.”