Lex Kartane

Lex Kartane

I’m queer,disabled and autistic.
My interests are animals,disability justice & mental health advocacy.
I create zines & artworks about ableism,disability and autism



  • I really love how Murray encourages everyone to encourage and celebrate special interests. This is soooo important for autistics well being

  • Thank you updating the video! I’m keen to continue the course as paused due to confusion.
    Very interested in learning more about other autistics special interests too.

  • thank you so much!

  • The exact same video was posted in the previous week, the course is very confusing as some information is missing or the wrong videos/texts are posted

  • Okay, I just went to check if the weeks were mixed and the exact same video is posted in the next week..

  • Really confusing as the video does not reflect any of the weeks topics, plus states it’s a week four...

  • @DanielVázquez thank you! It definitely helped to recognize some of my thinking patterns

  • Lex Kartane made a comment

    I like most of the course, but feel so frustrated that so many images useD are puzzle pieces, the classic symbol portraying autistic people as puzzles who need to be solved, or puzzles with missing pieces.
    We are not puzzles. Infinity symbol in rainbow colours is a neurodiversity symbol that many autistic folks prefer.
    I also feel frustrated that during...

  • ....continued....
    For example Sally’s parents could join her games by following her lead, just sitting on the same carpet/floor and playing the similar way Sally plays. It’s a great bonding experience, coming closer to her world rather than trying to put expectations how to play or communicate “right”.

  • Repetitive behaviours are called stims. Stimming is a huge part of being autistic and still we are being shamed for it constantly. Being neurodivergent is not accepted in this neurotypical society.
    For example I stim every day, but the intensity and the need to stim increases during hard times, when my anxiety level rises or if my routine is broken.

  • Thank you for your contribution Dean!
    I really liked the part about how other people should listen to autistic people about their needs rather than just assuming or trying to change autistic people act like NTs.
    I also think that needs we, autistics, have a not special needs, they are simply needs. This world is designed to accommodate neurotypicals, and...

  • Wish I could select more than one answer.

  • I got 94% on the first and 98% on the second. So the results are pretty similar.

  • This sounds exactly like me. I constantly feel that any success I reach it’s due to plain luck. I need constant praises and reminders that I’m doing a good job at work, that my writing is important or that my art is meaningful and even then I still feel that it is not true. That people don’t actually think what they are saying, that they either say this just...

  • Lex Kartane made a comment

    I agree with Daniel that getting a diagnosis can be life changing.
    I myself was diagnosed with autism in my early teen years and it really helped not only me, but also people around me. What I think it’s crucial when receiving a diagnosis is to have people who support and accept you. I was very lucky that when I got diagnosed the clinic invited one of the...

  • Lex Kartane made a comment

    This supposed to be week 2 and not week 3

  • What really makes me feel uneasy in this situation is mum’s response. For many autistic people their favourite toys are their comfort, or their special interest. It’s the direct violence that she is responding to his violent behaviour. There is not enough information to know why Jaya got upset, but seeing how his mum deals with situation truly shows the wrong...

  • What is also important is to listen to autistic people, hear them and implement adjustments according to individual needs

  • Thank you for a great video Wenn! It is so important to acknowledge our differences and that we autistic people have our brains wired differently. And for neurotypicals to accept that and accommodate the needs instead of trying to “fix” us

  • The autistic persons voice and needs should be the center or any research. We are not some research objects, but actual individuals. I would also like to see more research and work done in the feel that amplifies autistic people and concentrated on how to change the environment to accommodate their needs rather than how to change the autistic person and stop...

  • Thank you Jeanette for raising such good points! It is true that autistic girls and women get underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed often due to the fact that autism still often seen as men’s and boys’ diagnosis. I would also like to see more attention drawn to non binary, trans and queer autistics as they are highly underrepresented

  • Hi. My name is Lex and my pronouns are they/them. I’m not sure how to attach pictures here (I don’t think it’s possible, only add links to external sources). The reason I decided to take this course is to see how well it represents autistic community, listens to actually autistics voices as well as learn about what kind approaches it promotes. In addition to...

  • Lex Kartane made a comment

    Hi, my name is Lex. I’m autistic myself and work in an international primary school supporting autistic kids. I’m very interest in seeing what this course is about and how well it actually advocates for autistic community and listens to our voices. Hopefully it will be great!

  • I always use term autistic, and as an autistic person myself believe that like in many other social movements in disability rights movement we should listen to the actually autistic people and their prefered way to refer to them rather than neurotypical people.
    Using term person with autism feels like autism is something you can take away, remove from them.