I am Cadence celebrates the strengths of Autistic neurology and neurodiversity, taking its name from 12 year old Cadence – an active, playful and bright Autistic 12 year old girl. Cadence was identified Autistic at a young age when she was diagnosed with what was then commonly known as “Classic Autism “or “Kanners Autism”.
Cadence delights in writing, twirling, patterns, counting and creating. She has a great love for animals, being outdoors and socializing with her friends. Her first published piece, “Autism is why I am different”, at just 7 years of age has since been made into the Spanish short film, ‘Acceptance’ (released August 2016).
She has since authored a number of short pieces describing her experiences of being an Autistic child. Her published writings include “Autism is why I am different”, “The Changing World of Autism (a generational story)”, “Why I belong in mainstream school”, “Green Day’s make me feel Yellow” and “Autistic Pride”. Her pieces are published in selected books and by mainstream and social media.
In 2019 I am Cadence (in collaboration with Reframing Autism) produced the short documentary “Bouncing Words” (released October 2019). Primarily exploring language development and communication in Autistic children who are non-speaking, Bouncing Words also looks at friendship development and schooling.
Cadence’s writings include short pieces about Autism, sensory differences, communication challenges, alternative forms of communication, feelings, school and friendships – from a child’s perspective.
Selected parenting articles and parent resources, including Cadence’s writings and videos, to support parenting Autistic children.
I am Cadence original artworks, prints, cards, books and selected clothing & accessories are available for purchase.