Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories

Our Sharing Stories page features the lived experiences of the Tasmanian autistic community.

Every month our member’s e-news also features a lived experience story, accomplishment or opinion piece, this is also shared to our social media.

If you are an Autistic Tasmanian and have a story to share – please complete the submission form using the button below.

Sharing Stories Submission – Share Your Lived Experience

Autism Tasmania is updating the name of our monthly Member’s E-News and we need your help!

Our Member’s newsletter is for the autism community so it’s only right that the autism community should name it!

Please submit your ideas for the newsletter’s new name. This competition is open to all ages and all ideas!

New name ideas should be:

  • Catchy & 2-5 words
  • Neuro-affirming
  • Celebrate autistic culture and identity

Entries Due: Midnight, 17th June 2024

The winning suggestion will be used in every E-news sent to all our members starting from the June 2024 edition. The winner will have the chance to be featured in June’s E-news in our “Lived Experience” segment of the month where you can talk about why you chose the winning name, who you are and what you love! The winner will also be featured our social media with their winning suggestion.

Submissions should use language that aligns with our updated Terminology Policy which was created with advice from our Autistic Community Advisory Sub Committee.

Submissions should include:

    • Your name
    • Your mobile number
    • Your age
    • Your ideas for the new e-news name

To submit your entry please email

Shawn Sinclair

Shawn is the owner/operator of Thiccboi Collectables in Ulverstone. As a neurodivergent retailer, Shawn feels passionately about building a community of like minded people which has been aided by physically opening a shopfront after operating online for the first 5 years. Thiccboi now has a very diverse customer base and is a thriving community location.

Shawn says his neurodivergence “has allowed me to follow my dreams of building an all inclusive safe space for people to come and gather and spend time surrounded by like minded people. But (I also have) 4000 projects or ideas on the go at once with very few getting completed/implemented.”

To accommodate his neurodivergence at work Shawn makes sure to take walks and water breaks to reconnect his mind to work and uses YouTube and stimming as a way to help him focus when completing repetitive tasks like restocking.

Shawn’s advice to others who might want to get into retail or start a business is to always follow your dreams and passions. “When I made ThiccBoi Collectables it was always with the intention of creating a space that was safe for EVERYONE… somewhere you can be yourself without fear of social rejection. That’s what I’m trying to build here.” Shawn also advises doing a trial run of your idea having visited markets for 2 years prior to opening his Shopfront to make sure that the business idea would work.

“Being neurodivergent myself it gives me an insight in to how the customer might be feeling, it makes me more respectful and aware of others around me. It makes me often think of other people and their comforts, and were possible I try and be adaptive as possible to accommodate their needs.”

Follow Thiccboi Collectables on their Facebook page. 

Check out Shawn’s involvement in Autism Tasmania’s Be Open to Sensory Safety Campaign. 

Megan Oliver

Megan Oliver is one of the co-chairs of Autism Tasmania’s Autistic Community Advisory Subcommittee, which has been providing valuable lived experience advice and ideas to the CEO and board since it was established last year. Megan works as a writer and social media producer with the ABC. Her work as a committee member for the ABC’s disability staff network is to ensure that the organisation sets the best practice for accessibility and representation, and also that the content produced by the ABC reflects a modern and accurate understanding of disability and the terminology we use to represent people.

Below is a sample of her recent work for the ABC ‘It’s autism acceptance month. Here’s what autistic people want you to know.’

Check out some more of her work:  

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