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Ironic cynicism trumps inspirational autism

Posted by Philip Patston on 15 August 2009, 2:25 pm in , , ,

I just found this great post on Facebook, expounding the positive qualities of autism. Read through, it's very inspirational, but check out the ironic comment at the end. One definition of cynicism is repressed passion – it may well be, but it can also be  very funny...

AUTISM POSITIVES : are what also distinguishes us, just a few words that come to mind in my opinion, which of course vary as we do: Honesty, genuine, dependable, integrity, reliable, loyal, trustworthy, non judgmental, free of many prejudices, sensitive, very accepting of other differences. We pay attention to detail and often notice things others may miss, will stick to the facts if feel others are wrong, principles. We can be a little over enthusiasm and have a great need for knowledge which often may seem to outsiders obsessive research. Of course this can lead to all sorts of talents when encouraged, as often interesting, complex and intelligent, creative in our own differencing ways and for some of us at times feel we are ahead of our years in some respects! Autism never boring, as autism spectrum disorders are illusive because they are not identifiable by a common trait or behavior and no one strategy works for all of them. We have ability to love totally, unconditionally, live in a moment, less materialistic. We can be in our own company for hours and not feel lonely and have great conversations with ourselves.We were born to think "outside of the box" open new doors for none autistic individuals, and even though the characteristic traits of autism can make life difficult and uncomfortable at times, they have been responsible for some of the world's greatest achievements throughout history - intense focus and potential to become leaders rather than followers.

ADD positives thoughts only please…

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Does so-called "special" education DESERVE to lose funding?

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 August 2009, 8:07 am in , , , ,

NZ Herald, 5 August 2009: "The principal of Wilson School, which is to lose $260,000 in the Government's cuts to school therapists, is concerned that the decision to strip special-needs children of therapy hours cannot be backed by research."

The recent uproar about cuts in funding for therapists is a red herring as far as I'm concerned. When I look at the overal achievement rates of students with "special needs", a term I find abhorrent and patronising, it leaves me absolutely exasperated as to the impact of education on disabled kids. I think therapy is part of an obsession with "common function" and it totally negates the uniqueness of our kids.

As an adult and professional with unique experience I see no evidence that the "special education" system does anything to learn from my wisdom - in fact, I think the system does everything it can to exclude disabled adults from having any input into the  education of our kids.

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This is drag, Jim...but not as you know it

Posted by Philip Patston on 2 August 2009, 4:38 pm in , , , , , ,

Here for the first time – Julie McNamara and I introduce "Derby and Joan" at Adelaide's Feast Festival, Nov 2008. Enjoy!

Warm thanks to PJ Rose and "No Strings Attached", Adelaide, for the footage and post-production.

Full version

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The Creative Collide: Hats off to the bees

Posted by Philip Patston on 17 May 2009, 11:52 am in , , , ,

Hats off to the beesUsually I wear a lot of hats, all at once. Luckily they are metaphorical, otherwise I'd look a bit odd. But it takes a bit of doing and I often need to change the order in which they are piled on my head mid-way through an event. It's an art in itself really, changing hats in a fluid, discreet way: part modelling, part juggling, part brain gym. Vaguely discombobulating but strangely gratifying. Try it. Read more over at The Big Idea »

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The Diverse Art of Comedy

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 April 2009, 7:42 am in , ,

[caption id="attachment_1753" align="alignleft" width="121" caption="Janette Cervin “Tragic”"]Janette Cervin “Tragic”[/caption]

As part of his show, A Bit of What He’s Got, in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students have contributed over a dozen portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes, which will be hung in the foyer of the Herald Theatre today.

Media Release...

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Posted by Philip Patston on 25 April 2009, 5:23 pm in , , , ,

Renee Liang from The Lumiere Reader spoke to Philip recently about his upcoming show and how he invents himself.

RENEE: You call yourself a comedian, change consultant and social entrepreneur... how do those things all tie together? Can you be all of them at the same time?

PHILIP: Well it’s interesting you should ask because it’s one of the things I’m trying to do with this show. read more...

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The Creative Collide

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 April 2009, 7:28 pm in , , , ,

Philip Patston - The Creative CollideKiwi comedian and creative entrepreneur Philip Patston will explore ‘what happens when creativity and diversity collide’ in a new blog on The Big Idea called The Creative Collide. "I am fascinated to foster a dialogue that generates exploration and greater awareness of the similarity, difference, variety and range of creative experiences and expression." Read more over at The Big Idea »

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Many sizes fit one

Posted by Philip Patston on 17 April 2009, 8:25 pm in , ,

Diversityworks has just begun a project funded by Todd Foundation to design a flexible, multi-faceted and sustainable peer-based coaching model (many sizes fit one rather than vice versa) to support disabled people, especially young people and whanau/families, to better manage their disability support needs. We are looking for around twenty individuals and families in the Auckland region who’d be willing to work with us in the design phase, starting May. If you have any suggestions of people you think would be willing to embody that shift in ideology, please let us know.We want to use this project to explore and understand some deeper issues facing disabled people and their whanau/families and indeed other socially marginalised groups. These issues are created by overloaded systems of support offered by government and NGOs, whereby individuals and groups are left dependent on services that are struggling to meet growing need.

We would like to gain some insight into how people can use community-based peer relationships, virtual communication and other methods to support themselves and each other so that reliance on these struggling systems is reduced. The social innovation component of this project seeks to create a shift in ideology among people needing support from total reliance on “the system” to creative and constructive peer relationships to complement systemic input. We hope to see a reduction in “crisis” situations or feelings of hopelessness when support systems are inadequate and an increase in natural support and solutions.

Download a PDF with more information »

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D3P launched

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 April 2009, 9:12 pm in , , , ,

As part of his show in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students will create portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes.

“We hope to see how different attitudes projected by the subject impact on the perspectives of the artists,” says Patston, “proving that diversity is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the eye of the person being beheld.”

Patston will pose using what he believes are a number of commonly held attitudes about marginalised people, that he calls the four T’s. These are trauma, tragedy, tricky (difficult), and triumphant.

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Saturday afternoon

Posted by Philip Patston on 29 March 2009, 6:10 pm in , , ,

I've had some inspiration for the show, at last.

See the new hype here »

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