A Brief Context of Neurodivergence

As a lived experience organisation, we are dedicated to recognising and empowering neurodivergence in our community. Neurodivergence is a broad term that unifies a range of neurotypes that ‘diverge’ from normative social constructs.  These include, among others, autism, dyslexia and ADHD, and often also includes mental health. Part 1 A person’s neurotype guides how theyContinue reading “A Brief Context of Neurodivergence”

Autism: An Introduction

In November 2019, I was invited to give a short talk at Bishop Grosseteste University, to a PGCE cohort, describing my lived experience of autism. As Darkside begins a new project dedicated to autistic women, I thought it might be a good idea to share the transcript of that talk. It combined research and experienceContinue reading “Autism: An Introduction”

Open Letter to the Commissioners

As Project Manager of the Spectrum Project, I was invited to share my experience of gaps in provision for autistic people. This is the letter that I wrote. Dear Commissioners, My name is Shantelle Svarc and I am a founding Partner of Darkside Training LLP, founding Director of Darkside Rising CIC and the Project ManagerContinue reading “Open Letter to the Commissioners”

Ask an Autistic!

As Darkside Rising CIC continues to expand its provision for social change, this blog represents an innovative way of sharing perspectives. The Ask an Autistic Project focuses on building relationships and connections in and across communities, sparking a respectful conversation and normalising autistic experience and culture. You will be able to message in your questionsContinue reading “Ask an Autistic!”